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First Line: T' other day as I was twining
Last Line: (paraphrase from the greek by leigh hunt.)
Alternate Author Name(s): Anakreon; Anacreontea
Variant Title(s): Cupid Swallowed
Subject(s): Cupid; Love; Eros


T' OTHER day, as I was twining
Roses for a crown to dine in,
What, of all things, midst the heap,
Should I light on, fast asleep,
But the little desperate elf,
The tiny traitor, -- Love himself!
By the wings I pinched him up
Like a bee, and in a cup
Of my wine I plunged and sank him;
And what d'ye think I did? -- I drank him!
Faith, I thought him dead. Not he!
There he lives with tenfold glee;
And now this moment, with his wings
I feel him tickling my heart-strings.
(Paraphrase from the Greek by Leigh Hunt.)




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