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Sappho circa 7th Century bce.
Sappho
c. 7th Century bce


Theme:  Partying
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NOTES:
In this translation of Sappho, our poetess is inviting Venus, the goddess of Love, to join the night's festivities and "be our Hebe" - serve the wine.  Hebe was cup-bearer to the gods of Mount Olympus.

There is a similarity between this poem and  Love's Banquet, translated by John Myers O'Hara- hinting of the same source material.  

The translator of this poem, Thomas Moore, brings an abundance of wine poems to vintagewinepoems.com, including his Odes Of Anacreon, in which this poem appears in a footnote.
- S. H. Bass  

Special Note:  The Poet Sappho


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Love's Banquet (O'Hara)
To Alcaeus (O'Hara)

Will none say of Sappho (Carman)



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Hither, Venus, queen of kisses
Sappho (c. 630 bce-c.570 bce), Greek poet
translated by Thomas Moore (1779 – 1852), Irish poet

Hither, Venus, queen of kisses.
This shall be the night of blisses;
This the night, to friendship dear.
Thou shalt be our Hebe here.
Fill the golden brimmer high,
Let it sparkle like thine eye;
Bid the rosy current gush.
Let it mantle like thy blush.
Goddess, hast thou e'er above
Seen a feast so rich in love?
Not a soul that is not mine!
Not a soul that is not thine!


from The Complete Poems of Sir Thomas Moore



       
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