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Winter squalls are drained out of the sky The violet season of flowering spring smiles The black earth glitters under green lawns Swelling plants pop open with tiny petals Meadows laugh and suck the morning dew while the rose unfolds The shepherd in the hills happily blows the top notes of his pipe The gathered gloats over his white kids Sailors race across the thrashing waves Their canvas full of the harmless breeze Drinkers acclaim the grape-giver Dionysus capping their hair with flowering ivy BernardDionysus in Greek mythology is a god of wine and vegetation who showed mortals how to cultivate grapevines and make wine He was good and gentle to those who honored him but he brought madness and destruction upon those who spurned him or the orgiastic rituals of his cult Wendell 23The yearly rites in honor of the resurrection of Dionysus gradually evolved into the structured form of the Greek drama and important festivals were held in honor of the god during which great dramatic competitions were conducted The most important festival the Greater Dionysia was held in Athens for five days each spring It was for this celebration that the Greek dramatists Aeschylus Sophocles and Euripides wrote their great tragedies Also after the 5th century BC Dionysus was known to the Greeks as BacchusDionysus is the son of Zeus and Semele He is the only god to have a mortal parent The birth of Dionysus began when Zeus came to Semele in the night invisible felt only as a divine presence Semele was pleased to be a lover of a god even though she did not know which one Word soon got around and Hera quickly assumed who was responsible Hera went to Semele in disguise and convinced her that she should see her lover as he really was When Zeus visited her again she made him promise to grant her one wish She went so far as to make him
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