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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Montepulciano
Montepulciano Wine
Francesco Redi (1626–1697)
 
Translated by Leigh Hunt

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HEARKEN, all earth!
We, Bacchus, in the might of our great mirth,
To all who reverence us, and are right thinkers;—
Hear, all ye drinkers!
Give ear, and give faith, to our edict divine,—        5
Moltepulciano ’s the King of all Wine!
 
At these glad sounds,
The Nymphs, in giddy rounds,
Shaking their ivy diadems and grapes,
Echoed the triumph in a thousand shapes.        10
The Satyrs would have joined them; but alas!
They could n’t; for they lay about the grass,
As drunk as apes.
 
 
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