William Cowper

26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800 / Hertfordshire

On The Receipt Of A Hamper. (In The Manner Of Homer)

The straw-stuffed hamper with its ruthless steel
He open'd, cutting sheer th' inserted cords
Which bound the lid and lip secure. Forth came
The rustling package first, bright straw of wheat,
Or oats, or barley; next a bottle green
Throat-full, clear spirits the contents, distill'd
Drop after drop odorous, by the art
Of the fair mother of his friend -- the Rose.
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