James Whitcomb Riley

(7 October 1849 - 22 July 1916 / Greenfield, Indiana)

A Cup Of Tea - Poem by James Whitcomb Riley

I have sipped, with drooping lashes,
Dreamy draughts of Verzenay;
I have flourished brandy-smashes
In the wildest sort of way;
I have joked with 'Tom and Jerry'
Till wee hours ayont the twal'--
But I've found my tea the very
Safest tipple of them all!

'Tis a mystical potation
That exceeds in warmth of glow
And divine exhilaration
All the drugs of long ago--
All of old magicians' potions--
Of Medea's filtered spells--
Or of fabled isles and oceans
Where the Lotos-eater dwells!

Though I've reveled o'er late lunches
With _blase_ dramatic stars,
And absorbed their wit and punches
And the fumes of their cigars--
Drank in the latest story,
With a cock-tail either end,--
I have drained a deeper glory
In a cup of tea, my friend.

Green, Black, Moyune, Formosa,
Congou, Amboy, Pingsuey--
No odds the name it knows--ah!
Fill a cup of it for me!
And, as I clink my china
Against your goblet's brim,
My tea in steam shall twine a
Fragrant laurel round its rim.


Comments about A Cup Of Tea by James Whitcomb Riley

  • (5/8/2017 11:32:00 PM)


    The virtues of a cup of tea glorified, my be, by an addict of tea. (Report) Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (5/8/2017 8:21:00 PM)


    Divine exhilaration...... thanks for posting...... (Report) Reply

  • (5/8/2017 2:55:00 PM)


    Much ado about tea. Glorious. (Report) Reply

  • Alexander Julian (5/8/2017 9:45:00 AM)


    Now this is special language! What a brilliant toast to tea and glory to the fill! (Report) Reply

  • (5/8/2017 8:40:00 AM)


    I have sat in my backyard, on my favorite chair, on my bed and against warm sunshine with a steaming cup of tea. Just lately I discovered the tropical wine tea thanks to my recent trip to India. Loved the poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (5/8/2017 7:03:00 AM)


    i smiled reading this delightful encomium to tea.
    But H2O is the favorite mixed drink for me.
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  • Tom Allport (5/8/2017 4:39:00 AM)


    a poem that I will willingly raise my cup too and happily say cheers to what is by far the best brew? , ..., , ......well written. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (5/8/2017 3:42:00 AM)


    To me it's an amazing ode to an invigorating cup of tea in its various sips and tastes. Thanks.
    But I've found my tea the very
    Safest tipple of them all!
    (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/8/2017 3:41:00 AM)


    Till wee hours! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (5/8/2017 1:31:00 AM)


    I need a cup of tea after reading this. (Report) Reply

  • Sharvani Patwari (5/8/2017 1:14:00 AM)


    So wonderful.
    'My tea in steam shall twine a
    Fragrant laurel round its rim.' Amazing!
    (Report) Reply

  • Connie Yost (5/2/2014 6:23:00 AM)


    Ah, a perfect cup of tea! Our friend Mr. Riley might have thought a tea bag just too handee fer makin' an
    acceptable cup a tea!
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  • (9/15/2012 11:12:00 AM)


    My tea in steam shall twine a
    Fragrant laurel round its rim.

    So many things can be written around a cup of tea!
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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 9, 2010



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