by Robert Herrick

A CRYSTAL vial Cupid brought,
      Which had a juice in it ;
Of which who drank, he said no thought
      Of love he should admit.

I, greedy of the prize, did drink,
      And emptied soon the glass ;
Which burnt me so, that I do think
      The fire of hell it was.

Give me my earthen cups again,
      The crystal I contemn ;
Which, though enchas'd with pearls, contain
      A deadly draught in them.

And thou, O Cupid ! come not to
      My threshold, since I see,
For all I have, or else can do,
      Thou still wilt cozen me.

Guido Reni. Drinking Bacchus. c.1623.
Guido Reni. Drinking Bacchus. c.1623.
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol II.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 24.

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