13. Dithyramb

Series Title
Archilochos Suite
Michael Ayrton (British, 1921 – 1975)
Plate : 11 3/4 x 10 in. (29.85 x 25.4 cm)
Sheet : 18 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (46.36 x 38.74 cm)
Mat : 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection, Gift of Jacob E. and Leona M. Nyenhuis
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The poetic verses by Archilochos translated by Michael Ayrton and selected by him to accompany this image:

I know the dithyramb for the lord Dionysos
I chant it drunk, and thunderstruck with wine...

...you drank too much, you drank your wine unmixed
and did not offer any contribution
nor did you come as a friend does when we asked you,
but took in such a skinful that you sank your wits.
Your belly led you into shamelessness...

You need your wine cup; go across the swift ship's benches
unseal the stuff and strain it off the lees.
Do it; we won't be sober on this watch.

...his prick, full as a corn-stuffed jackass,
a Prienian jackass...overflowed.

We have a working ox at home, with lofty horns,
He knows his work, knows how to plow a furrow.

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