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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
The Vintage
By Anacreon (582–485 B.C.)
 
(From the Odes; translated by Thomas Stanley, 1651)

MEN and maids at time of year
The ripe clusters jointly bear
To the press, but in when thrown,
They by men are trod alone,
Who in Bacchus’ praises join,        5
Squeeze the grape, let out the wine:
Oh with what delight they spy
The new must when tunned work high!
Which if old men freely take,
Their grey heads and heels they shake;        10
And a young man, if he find
Some fair maid to sleep resign’d
In the shade, he straight goes to her,
Wakes, and roundly ’gins to woo her;
Whilst Love slily stealing in        15
Tempts her to the pleasing sin:
Yet she long resists his offers,
Nor will hear whate’er he proffers,
Till perceiving that his prayer
Melts into regardless air,        20
Her, who seemingly refrains,
He by pleasing force constrains;
Wine doth boldness thus dispense,
Teaching young men insolence.
 
 
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