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Beware of Egg Nog
Author Unknown


While the little boys cry 'merry Christmas is coming,'
Shall I be as dull as a water-drunk log?
No! I'll sing you a song (for we bards must be humming)
And the burden shall still be, Beware of Egg-nog.

When the bowl mantles over the elegant foam,
And the steam rises up in a silvery tog;
Put by the potation, keep Reason at home,
And think of my warning, Beware of Egg-nog.

When Circe, the witch, caught Ulysses's men,
She gave each a dram that soon made him a hog;
The identical mixture--'tis now as 'twas then;
So attend to the moral, Beware of Egg-nog.

When the circle is form'd, the glass passes round,
Old Satan draws night, tho', as usual, incog.,
And chuckles to see good Sobriety drown'd--
Would you frustrate his malice--Beware of Egg-nog.

But why do I rail at one liquor this way?
Is no other as fatal; rum, brandy, or grog?
Yes, yes, they're all one, I mean all when I say,
And I'll say but once more now, Beware of Egg-nog.

This poem first appeared in The American Beacon (December 24, 1817.)
It is now in the public domain.


Post New Comment:
What a fun poem! I loved eggnog as a kid, and drank more than was probably good for me, even though it would sometimes disagree with me. Turns out, I am allergic to eggs. Fortunately, these days, there is a an eggless nog made from almond milk that suits the purpose nicely, and doesn't set off my allergies!
Posted 12/14/2021 01:21 PM
This would be a great poem to recite at the annual egg nog tasting!
Posted 12/14/2021 10:58 AM
Lori Levy:
Tasted it for the first time a few years ago and fell in love with it.
Posted 12/14/2021 09:47 AM
This is a reminder to buy egg-nog and perhaps some rum. Thanks.
Posted 12/14/2021 09:37 AM
Gilbert Allen:
Holiday fun!
Posted 12/14/2021 09:10 AM
An unusual find.
Posted 12/14/2021 08:55 AM
Delightful! This poem goes way back . . . not only is the poem well-crafted, we have awakened to a bit of history too. Egg-nog will never be the same for me. I will treasure it all the more.
Posted 12/14/2021 08:28 AM

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