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First Line: Around the tomb, o bard divine
Last Line: And live again in blissful dreaming!
Alternate Author Name(s): Antipatros Of Sidon
Variant Title(s): Epigram
Subject(s): Anacreon (582-485 B.c.); Poetry & Poets

AROUND the tomb, O Bard divine!
Where soft thy hallow'd brow reposes,
Long may the deathless ivy twine,
And summer pour her waste of roses!

And many a fount shall there distil,
And many a rill refresh the flowers;
But wine shall gush in every rill,
And every fount be milky showers.

Thus, shade of him, whom Nature taught
To tune his lyre and soul to pleasure,
Who gave to love his warmest thought,
Who gave to love his fondest measure!

Thus, after death, if spirits feel,
Thou mayst, from odours round thee streaming,
A pulse of past enjoyment steal,
And live again in blissful dreaming!

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