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Alcaeus: Pour Perfume Over My Head

May 2, 2009

 

 

Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments - translated by R J Dent

 

 

 

Pour perfume over my head

which has suffered a great deal,

and over my grey-haired chest.

 

As for my guests, let them drink 

the evils of the day away, 

and revel in all the gods have given.

 

And with other men, I toast Dionysus,  

but the man who does not raise his cup,  

you say has lost his reason.

 

 

 

 

Poem: Pour Perfume Over My Head
by Alcaeus
Translation © R J Dent (2009)

This translation first appeared in Acumen 56 (2006)

Cover painting: A detail from Sappho & Alcaeus (1881) by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Alcaeus

Poems & Fragments

Translated by R J Dent

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