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For profligate debauchery is engendered by drunkenness. On which account Antiphanes, in his Arcadia, says—
For it, O father, never can become
A sober man to seek debauchery,
Nor yet to serious cares to give his mind,
When it is rather time to drink and feast.
But he that cherishes superhuman thoughts,
Trusting to small and miserable riches,
Shall at some future time himself discover
That he is only like his fellow-men,
If he looks, like a doctor, at the tokens,
And sees which way his veins go, up or down,
On which the life of mortal man depends.
And, in his Aeolus, mentioning with indignation the evil deeds which those who are great drinkers do, he says—
Macareus, when smitten with unholy love
For one of his own sisters, for a while
Repress'd the evil thought, and check'd himself;
But after some short time he wine admitted
To be his general, under whose sole lead
Audacity takes the place of prudent counsel,
And so by night his purpose he accomplish'd.
[p. 702] And well, therefore, did Aristophanes term wine the milk of Venus, saying—
And wine, the milk of Venus, sweet to drink;
because men, after having drunk too much of it, have often conceived a desire for illicit amours.

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