“Please”

December 9, 2008 at 12:06 am (Sappho) (, , , , , , , , )

 

Sappho

Sappho

Come back to me, Gongyla, here tonight,
You, my rose, with your Lydian lyre.
There hovers forever around you delight:
A beauty desired.

Even your garment plunders my eyes.
I am enchanted: I who once
Complained to the Cyprus-born goddess,
Whom I now beseech

Never to let this lose me grace
But rather bring you back to me:
Amongst all mortal women the one
I most wish to see.

(poetry by Sappho, as translated by Paul Roche)

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