social glass

The Social Glass

This poem first appeared as The Toper's Song in the 1859 collection Lyrics. It was then included in Poems (1871) and Carols from the Coalfields (1886) but not in the other later collections. The poet himself indicated that it was written to the tune of Rossen the Beau [sic].

Come fill up the glass, and tho’ never

We tasted of gladness before,

The thought of this moment for ever

Shall gladden the heart to its core:

An isle as we sail o’er life’s ocean -

An isle shall this moment remain,

On which we’ll look back with emotion,

And long to salute it again!

Chorus – Come fill up the glass, etc.

Let the miser exult in his treasure;

The king in his sceptre and crown;

The lover be loved without measure;

The warrior blest with renown;

We envied no mortal his blisses,

When anguish our bosom hath torn;

And tasting such treasure as this is,

We laugh every other to scorn.

Chorus – Come fill up the glass, etc.

Since the life-giving goblet is given,

Man may be oppressed by the day,

But the links of oppression are riven

When night brings its spell into play:

That spell so excelling’s united

All other fair spells in its train,

To enjoy which you all are invited

To pass round the goblet again.

Chorus – Come fill up the glass, etc.

This poem clearly just had to be sung, and stands up very well on its own, with out any alterations.

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