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170 The National Music of America.
Here are the verses of the drinking-song :
" To Anacreon in Heaven, where he sat in full Glee, A few sons of Harmony sent a Petition. That he their Inspirer and Patron would be; When this answer arrived from the jolly old Grecian. 'Voice, Fiddle, and Flute, No longer be mute,
I'll lend you my Name and inspire you to boot. And besides, I'll instruct you like me to intwine The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchus's Vine.' (Chorus repeats last two lines.)
" The news through Olympus immediately flew; When Old Thunder pretended to give himself airs. • If these mortals are suffer'd their schemes to pursue, The Devil a Goddess will stay above stairs. Hark already they cry In Transports of Joy, Away to the Sons of Anacreon we'll fly, And there with good fellows we'll learn to intwine The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchus's Vine.' (Chorus.)
"' The Yellow-haired God and his nine fusty Maids, From Helicon's banks will incontinent flee, Idalia will boast but of tenantless shades, And the bi-forked Hill a mere Desart will be.