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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
God Lyæus, Ever Young
By John Fletcher (1579–1625)
 
GOD 1 Lyæus, ever young,
Ever honour’d, ever sung,
Stain’d with blood of lusty grapes,
In a thousand lusty shapes
Dance upon the mazer’s brim,        5
In the crimson liquor swim;
From thy plenteous hand divine
Let a river run with wine:
    God of youth, let this day here
    Enter neither care nor fear.        10
 
Note 1. From The Tragedy of Valentinian, act. v. sc. 8, acted about 1616; printed 1647. Lyæus, an epithet of Bacchus. [back]
 
 
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