Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, EPIGRAM, by ANTIPATER OF SIDON

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First Line: O stranger! If anacreon's shell
Last Line: Divinity itself divine!
Alternate Author Name(s): Antipatros Of Sidon
Subject(s): Anacreon (582-485 B.c.); Poetry & Poets

O STRANGER! if Anacreon's shell
Has ever taught thy heart to swell
With passion's throb or pleasure's sigh,
In pity turn, as wandering nigh,
And drop thy goblet's richest tear
In exquisite libation here!
So shall my sleeping ashes thrill
With visions of enjoyment still.
I cannot even in death resign
The festal joys that once were mine,
When Harmony pursued my ways,
And Bacchus wanton'd to my lays.
Oh! if delight could charm no more,
If all the goblet's bliss were o'er,
When fate had once our doom decreed,
Then dying would be death indeed!
Nor could I think, unblest by wine,
Divinity itself divine!

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