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


Theme:  Love and Romance


NOTES:
This poem is addressed to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, who was born out of the foam of the sea near the Greek port of Kypris (second stanza).  There is a similarity between this poem and  Hither Venus, queen of kisses, translated by Thomas Moore - hinting of the same source material.  
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Hither, Venus Queen of kisses (Moore)
To Alcaeus (O'Hara)

Will none say of Sappho (Carman)



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Loves' Banquet
Sappho (c. 630 bce-c.570 bce), Greek poet
translated by John Myers O'Hara (1870-1944), American poet

If Panormus, Cyprus or Paphos hold thee,
Either home of Gods or the island temple,
Hark again and come at my invocation,
Goddess benefic;

Come thou, foam-born Kypris, and pour in dainty
Cups of amber gold thy delicate nectar,
Subtly mixed with fire that will swiftly kindle
Love in our bosoms;

Thus the bowl ambrosial was stirred in Paphos
For the feast, and taking the burnished ladle,
Hermes poured the wine for the Gods who lifted
Reverent beakers;

High they held their goblets and made libation.
Spilling wine as pledge to the Fates and Hades,
Quaffing deep and binding their hearts to Eros,
Lauding thy servant.

So to me and my Lesbians round me gathered,
Each made mine, an amphor of love long tasted,
Bid us drink, who sigh for thy thrill ecstatic,
Passion's full goblet;

Grant me this, O Kypris, and on thy altar
Dawn will see a goat of the breed of Naxos,
Snowy doves from Cos and the drip of rarest
Lesbian vintage;

For a regal taste is mine and the glowing
Zenith-lure and beauty of suns must brighten
Love for me, that ever upon perfection
Trembles elusive.


from The Poems of Sappho: An Interpretative Rendition into English (1910)


The Poems of Sappho:
An Interpretative Rendition into English
(1910)
by
John Myers O'Hara
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