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Francis Saltus Saltus
Francis Saltus Saltus
1849-1889




Theme:  Praising Wine


NOTES:
Third stanza: Silenus was the most famous satyr of Dionysus' entourage, an aged creature who mentored the god of wine in his youth.

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Francis Saltus Saltus (1849-1889), American poet

Delicious land whose fields are fair with trees,
Whose liberal rivers lave a lavish soil,
Bloom on amid thy Powerful mysteries,
Where Nature labors without pain or toil.

The sun has blessed thee and his beams escape
In fecund ways, effulgent and benign.
To kiss with color thy rich, juicy grape,
And tinge with gold the glory of thy vine.

Silenus hides him in thy maze of leaves,
Prompting thy tendrils to be lithe and sweet;
Soft, in the silence of red Autumn eves,
I hear the drowsy shuffle of his feet.

While dews invisible descend through night,
To cool thy vineyards from the enamored sun.
Great domes of stars that burn with gorgeous light,
Complete the beauty that they shine upon.


from Flasks and Flagons (1892)



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