O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil!
Take another glass of wine, and excuse my mentioning that society as a body does not expect one to be so strictly conscientious in emptying one's glass, as to turn it bottom upwards with the rim on one's nose.
Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used; exclaim no more against it.
- Inflaming wine, pernicious to mankind,
- Unnerves the limbs, and dulls the noble mind.
Mankind . . . possesses two supreme blessings. First of these is the goddess Demeter, or Earth whichever name you choose to call her by. It was she who gave to man his nourishment of grain. But after her there came the son of Semele, who matched her present by inventing liquid wine as his gift to man. For filled with that good gift, suffering mankind forgets its grief; from it comes sleep; with it oblivion of the troubles of the day. There is no other medicine for misery.
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