All mortal men are doomed to pay Death's debt
Palladas, Greek poet (c. 4th Century)
translated by Jane Minot Sedgwick, American poet (1795-1859)

All mortal men are doomed to pay Death's debt,
And no one knows if he will live tomorrow.
Learn this, O man! Make merry and forget
In wine's oblivion fear and death and sorrow.
With love and pleasure thy brief days enhance,
And leave all else to the control of chance.



courtesy of  vintagewinepoems.com