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Sappho (Transl. Christos Beest)

Sappho (Transl. Christos Beest)

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Order of Nine Angles
Sappho
 
© Skull Press - Gent (Belgium) - 2000 (111 yf)For Private Use Only
 
The Sinister Pathway Triangle Order (SPTO)– Skull Press Edition © 1999 – 2008Magister: Hagur2
Sappho - Poetic Fragments
With artwork by Christos Beest
Sappho - Poetic Fragments
With artwork by Christos Beest
Introduction
The aim of the present translation is to try and present something of theunadorned beauty of Sappho's Greek.From the many fragments that remain of her poetry, I have chosen thosethat best reflect something of this beauty. The text used is that of Lobeland Page [
Poetarium Lesbiorum Fragmenta
, Oxford 1955 ] - and thenumbering of the Fragments in this present work follows that of theirtext. .... in the text indicates a break in the fragment; [ ] indicates aconjecture.
 
 
The Sinister Pathway Triangle Order (SPTO)– Skull Press Edition © 1999 – 2008Magister: Hagur3
Fragment 1
 Deathless Aphrodite - Daughter of Zeus and maker of snares -On your florid throne, hear me!My lady, do not subdue my heart by anguish and painBut come to me as when beforeYou heard my distant cry, and listened:Leaving, with your golden chariot yoked, your father's houseTo move beautiful sparrows swift with a whirling of wingsAs from heaven you came to this dark earth through middle airAnd so swiftly arrived.Then you my goddess with your immortal lips smilingWould ask what now afflicts me, why againI am calling and what now I with my restive heartDesired:
Whom now shall I beguile
 
To bring you to her love?
 
Who now injures you, Sappho?
 
For if she flees, soon shall she chase And, rejecting gifts, soon shall she give.
 
 If she does not love you, she shall do so soon
 
Whatsoever is her will.
 Come to me now to end this consuming painBringing what my heart desires to be brought:Be yourself my ally in this fight

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