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A Banquet Song
Alcaeus of Mytilene (6th Century bce)
translation by John Addington Symonds (1840-1893)

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Alcaeus of Mytiliene
6th Century bce


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Alcaeus of Mytilene was an important Greek poet, credited with inventing the Alcaic verse. He was a contemporary of the poetess Sappho and very well may have been her lover.  See Sappho's wine poem To Alcaeus
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A Banquet Song
Alcaeus of Mytilene (c620-6th century BCE), Greek poet
translation by John Addington Symonds (1840-1893)

The rain of Zeus descends, and from high heaven
A storm is driven:
And on the running water-brooks the cold
Lays icy hold;
Then up: beat down the winter; make the fire
Blaze high and higher;
Mix wine as sweet as honey of the bee
Abundantly;
Then drink with comfortable wool around
Your temples bound.
We must not yield our hearts to woe, or wear
With wasting care;
For grief will profit us no whit, my friend,
Nor nothing mend;
But this is our best medicine, with wine fraught
To cast out thought.


from Library Of The World's Best Literature: Ancient and Modern, Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900), Editor, Connoissuer Edition Vol. I (1896)



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