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Uva[1] tuae semper debetur prima saluti,
Hanc sequitur siccam, quae fugat ore sitim:
Estque voluptatis mox tertia, quarta furoris,
Ut sapiens sanxit legibus ille Scytha.[2]

Drink the first glass to your health, followed by the one that puts your thirst to flight. The third is for pleasure, the fourth for madness, as the wise Scythian once prescribed in his laws.

quatrain.

En un repas boire un coup, est louable:
Boire deux foys, est besoing: troys, plaisir,
Quatre foys boire, est fureur détestable:
Tout le surplus est honte et déplaisir.

Notes:

1.  Uva, ‘bunch of grapes’ (a metonymy).

2.  Anacharsis, the ‘wise Scythian’ (see no. 16, [FLPb016]), who wrote about Scythian laws in comparison to those of the Greeks.


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