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  • Thou, Bacchus, god of joys and friendly cheer, And gracious Juno, both be present here!
  • Inspir’d with hope, the project they pursue; On ev’ry altar sacrifice renew: A chosen ewe of two years old they pay To Ceres, Bacchus, and the God of Day; Preferring Juno’s pow’r, for Juno ties The nuptial knot and makes the marriage joys.
  • She feign’d the rites of Bacchus; cried aloud, And to the buxom god the virgin vow’d.
  • Then they, whose mothers, frantic with their fear, In woods and wilds the flags of Bacchus bear, And lead his dances with dishevel’d hair, Increase the clamor, and the war demand, (Such was Amata’s interest in the land,) Against the public sanctions of the peace, Against all omens of their ill success.
  • Nor Hercules more lands or labors knew, Not tho’ the brazen-footed hind he slew, Freed Erymanthus from the foaming boar, And dipp’d his arrows in Lernaean gore; Nor Bacchus, turning from his Indian war, By tigers drawn triumphant in his car, From Nisus’ top descending on the plains, With curling vines around his purple reins.
  • O Bacchus!" thus began the song; And "Evoe!" answer’d all the female throng.
  • Aeneas then advanc’d amidst the train, By thousands follow’d thro’ the flow’ry plain, To great Anchises’ tomb; which when he found, He pour’d to Bacchus, on the hallow’d ground, Two bowls of sparkling wine, of milk two more, And two (from offer’d bulls) of purple gore, With roses then the sepulcher he strow’d And thus his father’s ghost bespoke aloud: "Hail, O ye holy manes! hail again, Paternal ashes, now review’d in vain!

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  • Dionysus is the Greek counterpart to the better known Roman Bacchus.
  • The boy with the wild face is Bacchus...
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia

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