February 25, 2007: Hamilton on Poets, and Wine's Virtues - 0 Comments

"Poets of love there have been many in England, but poets of passion almost none. The truth is that it is nature, not a mistress, who really holds the hearts of English poets, and the lady in the case is apt to be lost sight of amid trees and clouds and birds and, above all, the flowers that grow in English gardens . . ."

"On this point Horace would have admitted no opposition. He had the most positive convictions on wine's virtue as well as its delights. 'No songs can please nor yet live long which are written by those that drink water' . . ."

- Hamilton, The Roman Way, 1932.


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