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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Edward Coate Pinkney. 1802–1828
 
32. Song
 
WE break the glass, whose sacred wine 
  To some beloved health we drain, 
Lest future pledges, less divine, 
  Should e'er the hallowed toy profane; 
And thus I broke a heart, that poured         5
  Its tide of feelings out for thee, 
In draughts, by after-times deplored, 
  Yet dear to memory. 
  
But still the old, empassioned ways 
  And habits of my mind remain,  10
And still unhappy light displays 
  Thine image chambered in my brain, 
And still it looks as when the hours 
  Went by like flights of singing birds, 
Or that soft chain of spoken flowers,  15
  And airy gems, thy words. 
 
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