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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Echoes from Theocritus
II. Ageanax
By Edward Cracroft Lefroy (1855–1891)
 
DEAR voyager, a lucky star be thine,
  To Mytilenè sailing over sea,
Or foul or fair the constellations shine,
  Or east or west the wind-blown billows flee.
May halcyon-birds that hover o’er the brine        5
  Diffuse abroad their own tranquillity,
Till ocean stretches stilly as the wine
  In this deep cup which now we drain to thee.
 
From lip to lip the merry circle through
  We pass the tankard and repeat thy name;        10
And having pledged thee once, we pledge anew,
  Lest in thy friends’ neglect thou suffer shame.
God-speed to ship, good health to pious crew,
  Peace by the way, and port of noble fame!
 
 
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