Pleasures of the Table

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Introduction

Pleasures of the Table

He may live without books, --what is knowledge but grieving?
He may live without hope, --what is hope but deceiving?
He may live without love, --what is passion but pining?
But where is the man that can live without dining?

From Lucile, by Owen Meredith (Edward Robert Bulwer, Earl of Lytton, 1831-1891)