MY parents had great joy, I wis,"Base-Born" by Florence Earle Coates. Published in The Unconquered Air (1912) and Poems (1916) Volume I.
Of their young days of love.
In thought they were as deathless gods,
Mere human laws above:
As deathless gods! But I?—alas!
Of joy what can I tell?
Who am but as a broken vase
Beside a brimming well.
My parents in each other's eyes
Beheld the heavenly stars,
And found in one another's arms
The bliss that heaven unbars:
They vowed when pleasure filled the cup
None should resist its spell:
They quaffed,—and emptied me of joy,
Beside life's brimming well!