Monday, 14 January 2013

Some an army of horsemen - Sappho

Some an army of horsemen, some an army on foot
and some say a fleet of ships is the loveliest sight
on this dark earth; but I say it is what—
ever you desire:

and it is possible to make this perfectly clear
to all; for the woman who far surpassed all others
in her beauty, Helen, left her husband—
the best of all men—

behind and sailed far away to Troy; she did not spare
a single thought for her child nor for her dear parents
but (the goddess of love) led her astray
(to desire...)

reminds me now of Anactoria
although far away

Sappho (c620 - c570 BC) Lesbos, Ancient Greece
Translated by Josephine Balmer

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