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The Poems of Sappho, by John Myers O'Hara, [1910], at

p. 61


Countless are the cups thou drainest
In thy hymns to Dionysos,
               O Alcæus!

War and wine alone thou singest;—
Wherefore not of Aphrodite,
               O Alcæus!

Spacious halls are thine where many
Trophies hang in Ares’ honor,
               O Alcæus!

Brazen shields and shining helmets,
Plates of brass, Chalcidian broad-swords,
               O Alcæus!

When with winter roars the Thracian
North wind through the leafless forest,
               O Alcæus!

Thou dost heap the fire and banish
Care with many a tawny goblet,
               O Alcæus!

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