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Don Quixote

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Madison Julius Cawein was born in Louisville, Kentucky. After graduating from high school, Cawein worked in a pool hall in Louisville as a cashier in Waddill's New-market, which also served as a gambling house. He worked there for six years, saving his pay so he could return home to write. His output was thirty-six books and 1,500 poems. His writing presented Kentucky scenes in a language echoing Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Keats. He soon earned the nickname the "Keats of Kentucky". Note: In Greek mythology, Hippocrene was the name of a spring on Mt. Helicon. It was sacred to the Muses and was formed by the hooves of Pegasus. Its name literally translates as "Horse's Fountain" and the water was supposed to bring forth poetic inspiration when imbibed.

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THE CUP OF COMUS

by

Madison Cawein

THE CUP OF COMUS

FACT AND FANCY

BY

MADISON CAWEIN

MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ARTS AND LETTERS

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THE CAMEO PRESS NEW YORK 1915

Copyright, 1915, by ROSE DE VAUX ROYER

This edition is limited to Five Hundred copies of which this is Number

For permission to reprint most of the poems in this volume thanks are made to the various magazines and periodicals in which they first appeared.

VAIL BALLOU COMPANY BINGHAMTON AND NEW YORK

TO MY GOOD FRIEND

W. T. H. HOWE

Friend, for the sake of loves we hold in common, The love of books, of paintings, rhyme and fiction; And for the sake of that divine affliction, The love of art, passing the love of woman; By which all life's made nobler, superhuman, Lifting the soul above, and, without friction Of Time, that puts failure in his prediction, Works to some end through hearts that dreams illumine: To you I pour this Cup of Dreams a striver, And dreamer too in this sad world, unwitting Of that you do, the help that still assureth, Lifts up the heart, struck down by that dark driver, Despair, who, on Life's pack horse effort sitting, Rides down Ambition through whom Art endureth... Continue reading book >>


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