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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Age of Gold
By Teleclides (Fifth Century B.C.)
 
IN the first place, Peace was as plentiful then as water is now for washing,
And the Earth no terror nor illness produced, but whatever men craved in abundance.
For every stream ran full with wine, and the loaves with the biscuits contended
Which first should enter the mouths of the folk, beseeching that men would devour them,
If they were desirous of dainties white; and the fishes came to the houses,        5
And broiling themselves they served themselves on platters upon the tables;
At the side of the couches ran rivers of soup, with hot sliced meat in the current;
The quails ready broiled and laid upon toast straight into men’s mouths came flying.—
In those days men were exceedingly portly, a terrible people of giants.
 
 
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