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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Song to Bacchus: ‘God Lyæus, ever young’ (from Valentinian)
By John Fletcher (1579–1625)
 
GOD Lyæus, ever young,
Ever renown’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
 
 
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