Author: Willis Barnstone  | Date: 590 B.C.

To His Friend Melanippos

Drink and be drunk with me, Melanippos. Do you

think when you have crossed the great fuming


you will ever return from Hell to see the clean

bright light of the sun? Do not strive for wild


Even the son of Aiolos, King Sisyphos, wisest of


thought he had eluded death. But for all his brains

Fate made him recross Acheron, and the son of


assigned him a terrible trial below the dark earth.

Come, I beg you not to brood about these hopeless

matters while we are young. We will suffer what


be suffered. When the wind is waiting in the north,

a good captain will not swing into the open sea.




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Chicago: Willis Barnstone, "To His Friend Melanippos," Alkaios in Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0 (Irvine, CA: World Library, Inc., 1996), Original Sources, accessed March 18, 2019,

MLA: Barnstone, Willis. "To His Friend Melanippos." Alkaios, in Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0, Irvine, CA, World Library, Inc., 1996, Original Sources. 18 Mar. 2019.

Harvard: Barnstone, W, 'To His Friend Melanippos' in Alkaios. cited in 1996, Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0, World Library, Inc., Irvine, CA. Original Sources, retrieved 18 March 2019, from