Paul the Silentiary
Paul the Silentiary Poems
- On a Painting of Cynaegirus The hands that dealt death to the...
- The Offering to Lais These withered rendings of ...
- No Matter My name, my country, what are they to ...
- A Lovely Lie A witching smile my Eumenis endears, But ...
- A Late Convert A that in youth had never been The servant of...
- How Long? How long, how long do ye still mean, mine eyes, To...
- Galatea Galatea slammed her door In my face, and ...
Paul the Silentiary, also known as Paulus Silentiarius (Greek: Παῦλος ὁ Σιλεντιάριος, d. Constantinople, 575-580 AD), was a Greek poet. His contemporary, the historian and poet Agathias, describes him as a rich man and a 'Silentiary' or palace official of Justinian I at Constantinople. (This title has been taken to indicate that he was responsible for silence in the palace.)
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Galatea slammed her door
In my face, and furthermore
Added scorn thereto.
How is it that people say
Scornful words drive love away?
Mine but greater grew.
At first, in wrath, I did but swear
I would not see her for a year;
Alas! that was last night.
The folly of my oath I learned,
When as a suppliant I returned
To her at morning light.
translated by Jane Minot Sedgwick