Poetry of Kansas

To Mrs. B__

Acknowledging a New Year's Gift.
"The cup that cheers" I had eschewed,
    And Mocha's fumes no longer bound;
The kitchen pump, tho old and rude,
    Supplied the nectar nature found ,.,,.
I was content with simple food,
    And cistern water filled the measure
Of my desire for liquid good;
    'T was ample gastronomic pleasure.
I thought with pride how wise I was,
    And hugged myself, philosophizing
On myriad ills that have their rise
    In things not good, tho appetizing.
My logic was complete and trite,
    You couldn't move me with a hawser;
Yet my resolves all took to flight
    When I beheld this cup and saucer!
And when from out this China ware
    I drink the herb of China's growing,
I'll fancy that the fragrant air
    From violet-covered fields is blowing,
And in my heart I '11 surely bless
    The kindly thought that led the giver
To thus so happily express,
    "Bon voyage on Time's turbid river !"

__Frederick J. Atwood .

Kansas Rhymes and Other Lyrics
Frederick J. Atwood
(Topeka, Kan.: Crane & Company. 1902)
Page 78

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