Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, DRINKING SONG (1), by ALCAEUS OF MYTILENE



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DRINKING SONG (1), by            
First Line: Zeus rains; a storm comes in its might
Last Line: Wine --, and get drunk on it.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alkaios
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


ZEUS rains; a storm comes in its might
From heav'n, and freezes rivers tight . . .

Put down the storm! Pile up the fire,
Mix the sweet wine to your desire,
And round your forehead set
A dainty coronet.

To woe the heart must not give in.
In grief's no help. One medicine,
My friend, alone is fit --
Wine --, and get drunk on it.





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