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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Wine versus Water

By Cratinus (Fifth Century B.C.)

  • Of Cratinus we hear something from his successful rival, Aristophanes. A single couplet may serve to recall his notorious weakness.

  • WINE is a swift-footed steed for the minstrel, giver of pleasure:

    But nothing fine a water-drinker brings to light.