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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XV: Greek—Roman—Oriental
 
Beer (Julian)
The Greek Anthology
 
WHAT! whence this, Bacchus? For, by Bacchus’ self,
The son of Jove, I know not this strange elf.
The other smells like nectar; but thou here
Like the he-goat. Those wretched Celts, I fear,
For want of grapes, made thee of ears of corn.        5
Demetrius art thou, of Demeter born,
Not Bacchus, Dionysus, nor yet wine—
Those names but fit the products of the vine;
Beer thou mayst be from barley; or, that failing,
We’ll call thee ale, for thou wilt keep us ailing.        10
 
 
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