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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.”
“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.”
“What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.”
“I know not what to do, my mind is divided”
“Love shook my heart
Like the wind on the mountain
rushing over the oak trees.”
tags: love
“Someone, I tell you, in another time will remember us.”
Sappho, Sweetbitter Love: Poems of Sappho
“...gracious your form and your eyes as honey : desire is poured upon your lovely face Aphrodite has honored you exceedingly...”
“you came and I was crazy for you
and you cooled my mind that burned with longing”
Sappho, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
“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
“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.

“someone will remember us
I say
even in another time”
Sappho, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
“Eros, again now, the loosener of limbs troubles me,

Bittersweet, sly, uncontrollable creature….”
“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”
“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.”
“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.”
“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
“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...”
“Although only breath, words which I speak are immortal.”
Sappho, Fragments
“Now the Earth with many flowers puts on her spring embroidery”
“Come to me now and loosen me
from blunt agony. Labor
and fill my heart with fire. Stand by me
and be my ally.”
Sappho, The Complete Poems
“Girls, be good to these spirits of music and poetry
that breast your threshold with their scented gifts.
Lift the lyre, clear and sweet, they leave with you.

As for me, this body is now so arthritic
I cannot play, hardly even hold the instrument.
Can you believe my white hair was once black?

And oh, the soul grows heavy with the body.
Complaining knee-joints creak at every move.
To think I danced as delicate as a deer!

Some gloomy poems came from these thoughts:
useless: we are all born to lose life,
and what is worse, girls, to lose youth.

The legend of the goddess of the dawn
I’m sure you know: how rosy Eos
madly in love with gorgeous young Tithonus

swept him like booty to her hiding-place
but then forgot he would grow old and grey
while she in despair pursued her immortal way.”
“Raise high the roof beam, carpenters. Like Ares comes the bridegroom, taller far than a tall man.”

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