Item aliud ad eandem, ut vinum bibat

Book XI, Venantius Fortunatus, Opera Poetica

IV. Item aliud ad eandem, ut vinum bibat

Si pietas et sanctus amor dat vota petenti,

exaudi famulos munere larga tuos.

Fortunatus agens, Agnes quoque versibus orant,

ut lassata nimis vina benigna bibas.

sic tibi det dominus quaecumque poposceris ipsum,

et tibi, sicut amas, vivant uterque rogans:

suppliciter petimus, si non offendimus, ambo,

ut releves natos, mater opima, duos.

non gula vos, sed causa trahat modo sumere vina,

talis enim potus viscera lassa iuvat.

sic qouque Timotheum Paulus, tuba gentibus una,

ne stomachem infirmet sumere vina iubet.

4. Good Wine

Your devotion, your holy love, bring you what you ask

through prayer. But listen to me, you who are so generous to others;

we have something to say to you!

Fortunatus will strike up a tune, and Agnes will sing the verses:

“When you are not well, drink some good wine,

because the Lord, whom you love,

will look with favor on whatever you do.”

(We both plead, high-born mother,

that this demand not offend you,

and that you pardon us for our boldness.)

“Drink wine! Not for its taste on your tongue,

but because it is excellent indeed for your digestion.

Remember that Paul, trumpet to the pagans,

commanded Timothy: take a little wine for your stomach!”

Ah yes, nothing like a good drink to lift the spirits.

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