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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes. 1906.

Caliph Yazid I (c. 642–683)

Answer to a Reproach for Drunkenness

MUST, then, my failings from the shaft

Of anger ne’er escape?

And dost thou storm because I’ve quaffed

The water of the grape?

That I can thus from wine be driv’n,

Thou surely ne’er canst think—

Another reason thou hast giv’n

Why I resolve to drink.

’Twas sweet the flowing cup to seize,

’Tis sweet thy rage to see;

And first I drink myself to please,

And next, to anger thee.