John Fletcher

from Valentinian      

God Lyæus, ever young,
Ever honored, ever sung ;
Stained with blood of lusty grapes,
In a thousand lusty shapes,
Dance upon the mazer's brim,
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.

Poetry of the English Renaissance 1509-1660.
J. William Hebel and Hoyt H. Hudson, eds.
New York: F. S. Crofts & Co., 1941. 396.


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