Drink!

Oh! Youth is good and wine is red; let’s send Dame Reason home to bed.  Raise your glasses to the sky; proclaim to all with happy cry; the man who never sins is dead!

Wine lifts the soul to dizzy height, where silken maidens please the sight of those who help Dull Prudence flee.  Come! Taste Life’s blissful agony, where Passion sighs with strange delight.

Give your cares a farewell fling. Sing a song with measured swing.  Drain your drink with single quaff; fill it up, then toss it off.  Dead men groan while live men sing.

Oh, Youth is good and wine is red, so leave all cautious words unsaid.  The marble vault’s the rich man’s tomb, the pauper’s grave’s the poor man’s doom. The man who never sins is dead.

Copyright ©1932 Charles Millard Morris (1905-1990)
10 July 1932

20 responses to “Drink!

  1. Jesus Christ is not dead but, rose again.

  2. This poem is very catchy but very meaningful. It also makes me want to sip on some wine. Overall great poem.

  3. This person must have had quit a few drinks before he wrote this. I like this poem, its catchy. Not only that but you can tell by his choice of words that it was meant to present something meaningful.

  4. I kinda am not sure if he is talking about GOD who never sinned and is alive and not dead, or something else. I beleive that this person has sought some joy in the bottle or glasses of wine that they are consuming. It staples a time of relief from the stuggles of the day. This person is finally finding the time to relax and enjoy life.

  5. My interpretation of this poem is to live life to the fullest, just as other had said. The poem describes a scene where it states “Give your cares a farewell fling. Sing a song with measured swing. Drain your drink with single quaff;
    fill it up, then toss it off.” It sounds like they are mourning for their lost one or ones, especially to of unfortunate, unforeseeable, or unfair circumstances. On the other hand, it sounds like they are also celebrating their own life, as the deaths humbled these men and realized their own mortality.

  6. I found this poem a little confusing. there are many interpretations people could get from this poem. It seems like he’s basically encouraging people to drink off their life’s problems. Which personally i do not agree with. If anything a persons issue would become morphed and take shape by ultimately causing another area in their life to experience pain. Im not a party pooper….lol….i just believe that we shouldnt put pain under the carpet but irraticate it by the blood of the lamb.

  7. This poem is comedy. It makes me want to sip some wine. I like how it used wine and youth together to explain each other.

  8. i think this poem is about no matter what our issues our we are still young to go out into the world and achieve anything we want too.

  9. This poem reminds me of my grand father he loves to drink wine. What I got from this poem is that we should enjoy life while we are young and we should just live it to the fullest and enjoy it.

  10. age is just simple number. we consider about it to measure our well doing in life. life is a nice thing if we know how to enjoy it.

  11. What I take from this poem is that everyones life is hard, we all have our own problems; but we are young and while we are still young we should enjoy our youth. At times you need to just cast your cares away and throw caution to the wind and live. We all make mistakes. No one is perfect. Instead of letting our imperfection weigh us down, relax and enjoy life.

  12. It seems as if the write is asking individuals to live and not be afree and if a drink is what they need to relax then they should have one.

  13. This poem he wrote sounded like drinking was like his getaway. That when he drinks it makes him feel more free and forget about his worries.

  14. Maybe when he wrote that the man who never sins is dead, he probably meant that the good die young? I’m not sure.
    I enjoyed the poem. The drinking here could also be interpreted as life. Enjoy it to the fullest.

  15. Ive never met a glass of wine I couldn’t drink. It seems as though this man was a fun person and it’s sad that as generations pass it is hard to find more people like you and your grandpa. The education system is failing us and to have the wisdon and knowledge that you guys seem to have is a blessing. I am glad to have you passing down what you know because unfortunately, the generations ahead are being robbed of the wisdom that comes from a good educated person with life experience!

  16. Kevin Morris, You said,

    “I’m not sure but it sounds like it’s Friday. On top of that, I would image the bottle is half gone when he wrote this. He sounds like an intresting soul to drink with. How bad could he be with a last name like that.”

    Kevin, my grandpa was a lush just like me–only he was much smarter than me.

    Glad to hear from you, Kevin. We may be distant cousins.

  17. I thought it was interesting that he said the man who never sinned is dead, because of my religion. The man who never sinned was Jesus and he is eternally alive. I know the poem had nothing to do with God, but thats what it made me think of.

    Amen. I agree. The man who never sinned died and rose again on the third day many centuries ago. We await His soon return. I don’t pretend to speak for my grandpa, but I don’t believe he was talking religion.

    But Grandpa Charlie didn’t say, “Sinned,” but “Sins.”

    Careful reading pays off.

  18. I thought it was interesting that he said the man who never sinned is dead, because of my religion. The man who never sinned was Jesus and he is eternally alive. I know the poem had nothing to do with God, but thats what it made me think of.

  19. I’m not sure but it sounds like it’s Friday. On top of that, I would image the bottle is half gone when he wrote this. He sounds like an intresting soul to drink with. How bad could he be with a last name like that.

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