Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics

by Bliss Carman


 

III


 

POWER and beauty and knowledge,—
Pan, Aphrodite, or Hermes,—
Whom shall we life-loving mortals
    Serve and be happy?

Lo, now your garlanded altars,

5

Are they not goodly with flowers?
Have ye not honour and pleasure
    In lovely Lesbos?

Will ye not, therefore, a little
Hearten, impel, and inspire

10
One who adores, with a favour
    Threefold in wonder?