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First Line: Water bring, and bring me wine
Last Line: Tippling with good songs between.
Alternate Author Name(s): Anakreon; Anacreontea
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine

WATER bring, and bring me wine,
Bring the wreaths where flowers entwine;
Hasten, lad; our fists we try,
Matched together, Love and I.

Come, a wassail I would keep,
Drinking pledges flagon-deep.
Pour me wine, five measures, lad;
Measures ten of water add;
So good manners shall remain
In your Bacchant, foxed again.

Drink, good fellows, drink no more
With a clutter and uproar;
Thus, when Scythians hold a bout,
Wine goes in and tongues let out.
Gentlemen observe a mean,
Tippling with good songs between.

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