The Poet's Choice

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If hoarded gold possessed a power
  To lengthen life's too fleeting hour,
  And purchase from the hand of death
  A little span, a moment's breath,
  How I would love the precious ore!
  And every day should swell my store;
  That when the fates would send their minion,
  To waft me off on shadowy pinion,
  I might some hours of life obtain,
  And bribe him back to hell again.
  But since we ne'er can charm away
  The mandate of that awful day,
  Why do we vainly weep at fate,
  And sigh for life's uncertain date?
  The light of gold can ne'er illume
  The dreary midnight of the tomb!
  And why should I then pant for treasures?
  Mine be the brilliant round of pleasures;
  The goblet rich, the hoard of friends,
  Whose flowing souls the goblet blends!

© Anacreon