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SONG; FOR A FESTIVAL IN FANEUIL HALL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fill, brothers, fill! -- the brightest pour
Last Line: For us, &c.
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Festivals; Wine; Fairs; Pageants


FILL, brothers, fill! — the brightest pour —
To them, the great and good,
Who thronged this hall, in days of yore,
And firm for Freedom stood —
And firm, &c.

Not then the festive board was spread,
Those gallant men to cheer;
Not then its charm the wine-cup shed,
Like that which sparkles here —
Like that, &c.

From them went up no merry song,
When they this temple filled;
But bold "rebellion" fired each tongue,
And "war" each bosom thrilled —
And war, &c.

'T was for a prouder deed they met,
That should their names adorn;
They came a glorious feast to set
For ages yet unborn —
For ages, &c.

And nobly through their work they went,
In wisdom and in power,
And down to us the blessing sent
That crowns this happy hour —
That crowns, &c.

Then, brothers, fill! — the brightest pour —
To them, the great and good,
Who round this hall, in days of yore,
For us and Freedom stood —
For us, &c.





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