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Heroic Poem In Praise Of Wine

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To exalt, enthrone, establish and defend,
To welcome home mankind's mysterious friend
Wine, true begetter of all arts that be;
Wine, privilege of the completely free;
Wine the recorder; wine the sagely strong;
Wine, bright avenger of sly-dealing wrong,
Awake, Ausonian Muse, and sing the vineyard song!

Sing how the Charioteer from Asia came,
And on his front the little dancing flame
Which marked the God-head. Sing the Panther-team,
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Robert 13 September 2018
It is interesting how the word Eturian is actually a misspelling for Etrurian. This error occurs in every copy of this poem I've ever seen, so I wondered at first if it was me that was wrong. But Belloc uses the word to describe Orvieto, an Italian city that lies in the area of what used to be ancient Etruria. If you Google the word Eturian the way it stands here, it will suggest Etrurian instead, and you will not find any results for Eturian.
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