TO THOMAS MOORE
July 10, 1817
My boat is on the shore,
And my bark is on the sea;
But, before I go, Tom Moore.
Here's a double health to thee !
Here's a sigh to those who love me,
And a smile to those who hate:
And, whatever sky's above me,
Here's a heart for every fate.
Though the ocean roar around me,
Yet it still shall bear me on;
Though a desert should surround me,
It hath springs that may be won.
Were 't the last drop in the well,
As I gasp'd upon the brink,
Ere my fainting spirit fell,
'Tis to thee that I would drink.
With that water, as this wine,
The libation I would pour
Should be --- peace with thine and mine,
And a health to thee, Tom Moore.