Sappho of Eressos
by Roman copy of Greek original - 5th Century BC
Sappho (620 BC?) was an Ancient Greek poet, born on the island of Lesbos. Most of her poetry has been lost, though her reputation lives on through a few surviving fragments:
O dream on your black wings
you come when I am sleeping.
Sweet is the god but still I am
in agony and far from my strength.
for I had hope (none now) to share
something of the blessed gods,
nor was I so foolish
as to scorn pleasant toys.
Now may I have
all these things.
Willis Barnstone translation
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