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“You may forget but
let me tell you
this: someone in
some future time
will think of us”
Sappho, The Art of Loving Women
“There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse.”
“their heart grew cold
they let their wings down”
Sappho, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
“Stand and face me, my love,
and scatter the grace in your eyes.

Sappho, Sweetbitter Love: Poems of Sappho
“Once again love drives me on, that loosener of limbs, bittersweet creature against which nothing can be done.”
“What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.”
“You came and I was longing for you.
You cooled a heart that burned with desire.”
tags: love
“Although only breath, words which I command are immortal.”
“Someone, I tell you, in another time will remember us.”
Sappho, Sweetbitter Love: Poems of Sappho
“Love shook my heart
Like the wind on the mountain
rushing over the oak trees.”
tags: love
“I know not what to do, my mind is divided”
“you came and I was crazy for you
and you cooled my mind that burned with longing”
Sappho, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
“someone will remember us
I say
even in another time”
Sappho, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
“...gracious your form and your eyes as honey : desire is poured upon your lovely face Aphrodite has honored you exceedingly...”
“Love is a cunning weaver of fantasies and fables.”
“In fact she herself once blamed me

because I prayed
this word:
I want.”
Sappho, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
“May I write words more naked than flesh,
stronger than bone, more resilient than
sinew, sensitive than nerve.”
“The gleaming stars all about the shining moon
Hide their bright faces, when full-orbed and splendid
In the sky she floats, flooding the shadowed earth
with clear silver light.

“Whoever he is who opposite you
sits and listens close
to your sweet speaking
and lovely laughing – oh it
puts the heart in my chest on wings
for when I look at you, even a moment, no speaking
is left in me
no: tongue breaks and thin
fire is racing under skin
and in eyes no sight and drumming
fills ears
and cold sweat holds me and shaking
grips me all, greener than grass”
“Eros, again now, the loosener of limbs troubles me,

Bittersweet, sly, uncontrollable creature….”
“What cannot be said will be wept.”
“Some say an army of horsemen, or infantry,
A fleet of ships is the fairest thing
On the face of the black earth, but I say
It's what one loves.”
“I have not had one word from her

Frankly I wish I were dead
When she left, she wept
a great deal; she said to me, "This parting must be
endured, Sappho. I go unwillingly."

I said, "Go, and be happy
but remember (you know
well) whom you leave shackled by love

"If you forget me, think
of our gifts to Aphrodite
and all the loveliness that we shared

"all the violet tiaras,
braided rosebuds, dill and
crocus twined around your young neck

"myrrh poured on your head
and on soft mats girls with
all that they most wished for beside them

"while no voices chanted
choruses without ours,
no woodlot bloomed in spring without song...”
“The moon has set

And the Pleiades.


I lie in bed alone.”
“If you are squeamish
Don't prod the
beach rubble.”
Sappho, Sappho: A New Translation
“What creature is it that is
female in nature and hides
in its womb unborn children
who, although they are voiceless,
speak to people far away?

The female creature is a letter.
The unborn children are the letters
(of the alphabet) it carries. And the
letters, although they have no voices,
speak to people far away.”
“I declare
That later on,
Even in an age unlike our own,
Someone will remember who we are.”
Sappho, Stung With Love: Poems and Fragments
“you burn me”
Sappho, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
“yet if you had a desire for good or beautiful things
and your tongue were not concocting some evil to say
shame would not hold down your eyes
but rather you would speak about what is just”
Sappho, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
often turning her thoughts here

you like a goddess
and in your song most of all she rejoiced.

But now she is conspicuous among Lydian women
as sometimes at sunset
the rosyfingered moon

surpasses all the stars. And her light
stretches over salt sea
equally and flowerdeep fields.

And the beautiful dew is poured out
and roses bloom and frail
chervil and flowering sweetclover.

But she goes back and forth remembering
gentle Atthis and in longing
she bites her tender mind”
Sappho, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho

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