THEY please me not—these solemn songs
That hint of sermons covered up.
'T is true the world should heed its wrongs,
           But in a poem let me sup,
Not simples brewed to cure or ease
Humanity's confessed disease,
But the spirit-wine of a singing line,
           Or a dew-drop in a honey cup!


This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.