Skolion [Drinking Song] attributed to Hybrias the Cretan

I have great wealth: a spear and a sword
and a fine leather shield to protect my skin.
For with this I plough, with this I reap,
with this I trample the sweet wine from the vines,
with this I am called master of serfs.
Those who do not dare to have a spear and a sword
and a fine leather shield to protect their skin
all cower at my knee and prostrate themselves,
calling me master and great king.

From: http://faculty.fairfield.edu/rosivach/cl115/hybrias.htm

Date: 6th century BCE (original in Greek); 1927-1941 (translation in English)

By: Hybrias the Cretan (6th century BCE)

Translated by: Charles Burton Gulick (1868-1962)

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