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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
A Banquet Song
By Alcæus (c. 620–c. 580 B.C.)
 
Translation of John Addington Symonds

THE RAIN of Zeus descends, and from high heaven
          A storm is driven:
And on the running water-brooks the cold
          Lays icy hold;
Then up: beat down the winter; make the fire        5
          Blaze high and higher;
Mix wine as sweet as honey of the bee
          Abundantly;
Then drink with comfortable wool around
          Your temples bound.        10
We must not yield our hearts to woe, or wear
          With wasting care;
For grief will profit us no whit, my friend,
          Nor nothing mend;
But this is our best medicine, with wine fraught        15
          To cast out thought.
 
 
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