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First Line: Anon with gaping fearlessness they quaff
Last Line: Rather rubbed in than off.
Subject(s): Shoes; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


Anon with gaping fearlessness they quaff
The dewy nectar with a natural thirst,
Or wet their leathern lungs where cranberries lurk,
With sweeter wine than Chian, Lesbian, or Falernian far.
Theirs was the inward lustre that bespeaks
An open sole -- unknowing to exclude
The cheerful day -- a worthier glory far
Than that which gilds the outmost rind with darkness visible --
Virtues that fast abide through lapse of years,
Rather rubbed in than off.





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