|The Rhyme Maker
c. 12th Century
were these Wandering Students? They were men, and for the most part
young men, traveling from university to university in search of
knowledge. Far from their homes, without responsibilities,
purse and light of heart, careless and pleasure-seeking, they ran a
free, disreputable course, frequenting taverns at least as much as
lecture rooms, more capable of pronouncing judgment upon wine or
women than upon a problem of divinity or logic.
John Addington Symonds, translator
life hasn't changed much over the centuries.
S. H. Bass
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No Lust Like To Poetry (Symonds)
Poems with multiple translations:
you, consummate drinkers (Waddell)
Confession of Golias
Confession Of The Archpoet (Waddell)
Sequence In Praise of
Medieval Poet (c. 12th Century)
by John Addington Symonds (1840 - 1893), English poet
the good and bland, thou blessing
the good, the bad's distressing,
of taste by all confessing,
thou world's felicity!
thy hue, life's gloom dispelling;
thy taste, all tastes excelling;
thy power, in this thy dwelling
to make us drunk with thee!
how blest for bounteous uses
the birth of pure vine-juices!
the table which produces
in goodly quality.
in color how auspicious!
in odor how delicious!
the mouth how sweet, propitious
the tongue enthralled by thee!
the man who first thee planted,
thee by thy name enchanted!
whose cups have ne'er been scanted
no danger that may be.
the belly where thou bidest!
the tongue where thou residest!
the mouth through which thou glidest,
the lips thrice blest by thee!
from Wine, Women,
And Song: Medieval Latin Students' Songs (1884)
And Song: Medieval Latin Students' Songs (1884) by John Addinton Symonds
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