(c. 600 BCE / Greece)

He Is More Than A Hero - Poem by Sappho

He is more than a hero
he is a god in my eyes--
the man who is allowed
to sit beside you -- he

who listens intimately
to the sweet murmur of
your voice, the enticing

laughter that makes my own
heart beat fast. If I meet
you suddenly, I can'

speak -- my tongue is broken;
a thin flame runs under
my skin; seeing nothing,

hearing only my own ears
drumming, I drip with sweat;
trembling shakes my body

and I turn paler than
dry grass. At such times
death isn't far from me

Comments about He Is More Than A Hero by Sappho

  • (6/13/2019 8:17:00 AM)

    My translation - in couplets

    He is more than a hero: god-like he is too,
    The man who shares your life with you.
    Holds your voice in his mind - a murmuring stream,
    His laughter takes your heart into a dream.

    In a chance encounter I, tongue-tied, spin,
    And red hot flames run through my skin.

    I cannot see, but my ears pulse loud,
    I tremble: and my sweat stands proud.

    My skin grows pale, as white as wheat,
    My longing is for death – so sweet!

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  • (8/16/2015 11:47:00 PM)

    .......a superb write, very intense with emotion ★ (Report)Reply

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  • Ruby Honeytip (12/6/2012 8:37:00 PM)

    Wow! ! This is soaked in such intense feeling. Truly...artfully....beautiful: ^) (Report)Reply

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  • (2/8/2008 1:27:00 AM)

    Sappho wrote such a beautiful poem. Part of this poem was used in the Episode Many Happy Returns from Xena: Warrior Princess. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/21/2006 7:08:00 PM)

    Sappho is so amazing and this poem is so beautiful she really is a muse (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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