Analysis of A Loving-Cup Song
Oliver Wendell Holmes 1841 ( Boston, Massachusetts, United States) – 1935 ( Washington, D.C., )
Come, heap the fagots! Ere we go
Again the cheerful hearth shall glow;
We 'll have another blaze, my boys!
When clouds are black and snows are white,
Then Christmas logs lend ruddy light
They stole from summer days, my boys,
They stole from summer days.
And let the Loving-Cup go round,
The Cup with blessed memories crowned,
That flows whene'er we meet, my boys;
No draught will hold a drop of sin
If love is only well stirred in
To keep it sound and sweet, my boys,
To keep it sound and sweet.
Give me, to pin upon my breast,
The blossoms twain I love the best,
A rosebud and a pink, my boys;
Their leaves shall nestle next my heart,
Their perfumed breath shall own its part
In every health we drink, my boys,
In every health we drink.
The breathing blossoms stir my blood,
Methinks I see the lilacs bud
And hear the bluebirds sing, my boys;
Why not? Yon lusty oak has seen
Full tenscore years, yet leaflets green
Peep out with every spring, my boys,
Peep out with every spring.
Old Time his rusty scythe may whet,
The unmowed grass is glowing yet
Beneath the sheltering snow, my boys;
And if the crazy dotard ask,
Is love worn out? Is life a task?
We'll bravely answer No! my boys,
We 'll bravely answer No!
For life's bright taper is the same
Love tipped of old with rosy flame
That heaven's own altar lent, my boys,
To glow in every cup we fill
Till lips are mute and hearts are still,
Till life and love are spent, my boys,
Till life and love are spent.
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|Metre||1101111 01010111 111010111 11110111 11011101 11110111 111101 01010111 01111001 1111111 11110111 11110110 11110111 111101 11110111 01011101 01000111 11110111 10111111 010011111 0100111 01010111 111011 0101111 11110111 1111101 111100111 1111001 11110111 0111101 010100111 0101011 11111101 11010111 1110101 11110101 11111101 110110111 110100111 11110111 11011111 110111|
|Closest metre||Iambic tetrameter|
|Stanza Lengths||7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7|
|Letters per line (avg)||27|
|Words per line (avg)||7|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||188|
|Words per stanza (avg)||47|
Submitted on August 03, 2020
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