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from Anthony and Cleopatra: Act 2 - scene 7
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
1564-1616


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NOTES:
This poem is a drinking song from the bard's play Anthony and Cleopatra . . . and while not exactly a stellar example of the talent of the greatest writer in the English language, it nonetheless has engendered over-analysis that make less-zelous members of the literati smile:

"pink eyne" - No, not conjunctivitis ("pink eye").  Some authorities say Willie's meaning here is "small eye".  Other's say "red eye" - alluding to a state of drunkeness.  My opinion:  he needed a word to rhyme with "vine".

"fats" = "vats"

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Come, thou monarch of the vine
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English dramatist and poet

Come, thou monarch of the vine,
Plumpy Bacchus with pink eyne!
In thy fats our cares be drown'd,
With thy grapes our hairs be crown'd.
Cup us till the world go round,
Cup us till the world go round!


from Anthony and Cleopatra: Act 2 - scene 7


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