But Anacreon likes his liquors stronger still; as is shown by the verses in which he says—
Let the cup well be clean'd, then let it holdAnd Philetærus, in his Tereus, speaks of two measures of water to three of wine. And he speaks thus,—
Five measures water, three of rosy wine.
I seem to have drunk two measures now of water,And Pherecrates, in his Corianno, speaks even of two measures of water to four of wine, and says—
And only three of wine.
A. Throw that away, my dear; the fellow hasAnd Ephippus, in his Circe, says—
Given you such a watery mixture.
B. Nay rather, 'tis mere water and nought else.
A. What have you done?—in what proportions,
You cursed man, have you this goblet mix'd?
B. I've put two waters only in, my mother.
A. And how much wine?
B. Four parts of wine, I swear.
A. You're fit to serve as cupbearer to the frogs.
A. You will find it a much more prudent mixture,
To take three parts of one, and four of th' other.
B. That's but a watery mixture, three to four.
A. Would you, then, quite unmix'd your wine prefer?
B. How say you?