Poems (Coates 1916)/Volume I/Base-Born

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MY parents had great joy, I wis,
 Of their young days of love.
In thought they were as deathless gods,
 Mere human laws above:
As deathless gods! But I?—alas!
 Of joy what can I tell?
Who am but as a broken vase
 Beside a brimming well.

My parents in each other's eyes
 Beheld the heavenly stars,
And found in one another's arms
 The bliss that heaven unbars:
They vowed when pleasure filled the cup
 None should resist its spell:
They quaffed,—and emptied me of joy,
 Beside life's brimming well!