More Songs from Vagabondia

by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey


 

A STEIN SONG


 

GIVE a rouse, then, in the Maytime
For a life that knows no fear!
Turn night-time into daytime
With the sunlight of good cheer!
For it’s always fair weather
5
When good fellows get together,
With a stein on the table and a good song ringing clear.

When the wind comes up from Cuba
And the birds are on the wing,
And our hearts are patting juba

10
To the banjo of the spring,
Then it’s no wonder whether
The boys will get together,
With a stein on the table and a cheer for everything.

For we’re all frank-and-twenty

15
When the spring is in the air;
And we’ve faith and hope a-plenty,
And we’ve life and love to spare;
And it’s birds of a feather
When we all get together,
20
With a stein on the table and a heart without a care.

For we know the world is glorious,
And the goal a golden thing,
And that God is not censorious
When his children have their fling;

25
And life slips its tether
When the boys get together,
With a stein on the table in the fellowship of spring.