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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

An Invitation

By Alcæus (c. 620–c. 580 B.C.)

Translation of Sir William Jones

WHY wait we for the torches’ lights?

Now let us drink while day invites.

In mighty flagons hither bring

The deep-red blood of many a vine,

That we may largely quaff, and sing

The praises of the god of wine,

The son of Jove and Semele,

Who gave the jocund grape to be

A sweet oblivion to our woes.

Fill, fill the goblet—one and two:

Let every brimmer, as it flows,

In sportive chase, the last pursue.