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SAPPHO
Greek lyric poet
(fl. c. 600 BC)

Death is an evil; the gods have so judged; had it been good, they would die.
      - [Death]

How love the limb-loosener sweeps me away.
      - [Sex]

When anger spreads through the breath, guard thy tongue from barking idly.
      - [Anger]

The angel of spring, the mellow-throated nightingale.
      - fragm. 30 [Nightingales]

Hesperus bringing together
  All that the morning star scattered.
      - XIV, (translation by Bliss Carmen) [Stars]

Sweetest mother, I can weave no more to-day,
  For thoughts of him come thronging,
    Him for whom my heart is longing--
      For I know not where my weary fingers stray.
      - Fragment, (J.S. Easby-Smith's translation)
        [Thought]

The moon has set
  In a bank of jet
    That fringes the Western sky,
      The pleiads seven
        Have sunk from heaven
          And the midnight hurries by;
            My hopes are flown
              And, alas! alone
                On my weary couch I lie.
      - Fragment, (J.S. Easby-Smith's translation)
        [Sky]

What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon also be beautiful.
      - Fragment (101) [Goodness]

Builders, raise the ceiling high,
  Raise the dome into the sky,
    Hear the wedding song!
      For the happy groom is near,
        Tall as Mars, and statelier,
          Hear the wedding song!
      - Fragments,
        (J.S. Easby Smith's translation) [Songs]


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