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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII. 1876–79.


Montepulciano Wine

By Francesco Redi (1626–1697)

Translated by Leigh Hunt


HEARKEN, all earth!

We, Bacchus, in the might of our great mirth,

To all who reverence us, and are right thinkers;—

Hear, all ye drinkers!

Give ear, and give faith, to our edict divine,—

Moltepulciano ’s the King of all Wine!

At these glad sounds,

The Nymphs, in giddy rounds,

Shaking their ivy diadems and grapes,

Echoed the triumph in a thousand shapes.

The Satyrs would have joined them; but alas!

They could n’t; for they lay about the grass,

As drunk as apes.