Sappho

(c. 600 BCE / Greece)

Prayer To Our Lady Of Paphos

Poem by Sappho

Dapple-throned Aphrodite,
eternal daughter of God,
snare-knitter! Don't, I beg you,

cow my heart with grief! Come,
as once when you heard my far-
off cry and, listening, stepped

from your father's house to your
gold car, to yoke the pair whose
beautiful thick-feathered wings

oaring down mid-air from heaven
carried you to light swiftly
on dark earth; then, blissful one,

smiling your immortal smile
you asked, What ailed me now that
me call you again? What

was it that my distracted
heart most wanted? ``Whom has
Persuasion to bring round now

``to your love? Who, Sappho, is
unfair to you? For, let her
run, she will soon run after;

``if she won't accept gifts, she
will one day give them; and if
she won't love you --- she soon will

``love, although unwillingly...''
If ever --- come now! Relieve
this intolerable pain!

What my heart most hopes will
happen, make happen; you your-
self join forces on my side!

Sappho
tr. Barnard


Comments about Prayer To Our Lady Of Paphos by Sappho

  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (2/27/2020 12:03:00 AM)

    A 10++++++++++++++++++ for this loveliest poem by the gret poetess SAPPHO.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (2/27/2020 12:02:00 AM)

    Prayer To Our Lady Of Paphos CONGRATULATIONS to the family of SAPPHO for this most beautiful Honour, to have won an updated Prize The CLASSIC Poem Of The Day today Wednesday 26 February 2020. As most of her amazing poems, the theme is oft about and for and to The Goddess of Love Aphrodite. I always enjoy her poems. The Great Poetess lives from 630 - 575 BC. She died when she was 55 years old.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/26/2020 10:37:00 PM)

    `love, although unwillingly...''
    If ever - - come now! Relieve
    this intolerable pain! ... beautifully expressed about love; so love comes unexpectedly to the painful heart then let it allow to relieve the intolerable pain///(Report)Reply

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  • Jaey Peele (2/26/2020 4:37:00 AM)

    such yearnings lead to bliss and enlightenment for those who would be led.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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