The Rhyme Maker
Alcaeus of Mytiliene
6th Century bce
Theme: Praising Wine
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
- S. H. Bass
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A Banquet Song (Symonds) A/V
Alcaeus of Mytilene (c620-6th century BCE), Greek poet
William Jones (1746-1794)
wait we for the torches' lights?
let us drink while day invites.
mighty flagons hither bring
deep-red blood of many a vine,
we may largely quaff, and sing
praises of the god of wine,
son of Jove and Semele,
gave the jocund grape to be
sweet oblivion to our woes.
fill the goblet--one and two:
every brimmer, as it flows,
sportive chase, the last pursue.
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