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Callimachus
c. 310-240 bce


Theme:   Love and Romance

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NOTES:
After and evening of "wine, women, and song", this poem stands as proof that we humans have been blaming our transgressions on wine for over 2000 years!  Simple interpretation of this poem:  “Sorry, Babe – I was drunk!”
- S. H. Bass   


more Callimachus at vintagewinepoems.com
Behold our host by Love depriv'd of rest (Tytler)
Pour the wine, and drink it up (Tytler)

Twice Erasix fill'd his cup (Tytler)



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If sober, and inclin'd to sport
Callimachus (c. 310-240 bce), Greek poet
translated by Henry William Tytler (1752-1808), British poet

If sober, and inclin'd to sport,
To you, my fair one, I resort;
The still-forbidden bliss to prove,
Accuse me then, and blame my love.
But if to rashness I incline,
Accuse me not, but blame the wine:
When Love and Wine at once inspire,
What mortal can control his fire.
Of late I came, I know not how,
Embrac'd my fair, and kiss'd her too;
It might be wrong; I feel no shame,
And, for the bliss, will bear the blame.


Epigram 43 from The Works Of Callimachus (1793)



            


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