Giovanni Battista Casti
Sonnet Iii - Poem by Giovanni Battista Casti
Hence, dreams or fables, hence! Others before
Have sung, while poesy their bosoms warmed,
How Jove, in bull and golden shower transformed,
Agenor and Acrisius wrong' d of yore;
And far-famed Grecian youth, from Colchis' shore
That brought the golden fleece jEetes charmed;
And regal bird, tho angry Juno stormed,
That erst the beauteous boy to Olympus bore.
Armida's or Alcinous' fabled tales
Others have told: and honour waits the one That with the greatest falsehood truth o'erveils.
Hence, dreams or fables, hence! whoever' quotes:
Meanwhile the Muse relates in artless tone
The genuine story of the Triple Groats.
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