Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Valentine's Tea Stuff...

I have mixed feelings about Valentine's Day. I like the silly sweetness of it and celebrating with the DH. I like the chocolates. And I dislike the commercialism that's associated (aside from the chocolates!).

I've been saving a few items for V-day...here's the first to sing tea's praises:

A Poem Upon Tea

Hail, Drink of Life! How justly shou'd our Lyres
Resound the Praises which thy Pow'r inspires!
Thy Charms alone can equal Thoughts infuse:
Be though my Theme, my Nectar, and my Muse...

Tea, Heav'ns Delight, and Nature's truest Wealth,
That pleasing Physic, and sure Pledge of Health:
The Stateman's Councellor, the Virgin's Love,
The Muse's Nectar, and the Drink of Jove...

Immortals, hear, said Jove, and cease to jar!
Tea must succeed to Wine as Peace to War:
Nor by the Grape let Men be set at odds,
But share in Tea, the Nectar of the Gods...

-- Peter Antoine Motteux

Note: "Jove" is a reference to Roman mythology, the planet/god Jupiter.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, let peace replace war. Our species must evolve or die.