The Vineyard Of Dionysus

Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov 1866 (Moscow) – 1949 (Rome)



Dionysus walks his vineyard, his beloved;
Two women in dark clothing - two vintagers - follow him.
Dionysus tells the two mournful guards - The vintagers:
"Take your sharp knife, my vintners, Grief and Torment;
Harvest, Grief and Torment, my beloved grapes!
Gather the blood of scarlet bunches, the tears of my golden clusters -
Take the victim of bliss to the whetstone of grief,
The purple of suffering to the whetstone of bliss;
Pour the fervent liquid of scarlet delights into my ardent Grail!"

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 05, 2023

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Scheme ABCDCCECF
Closest metre Iambic heptameter
Characters 498
Words 88
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 9

Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov

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