Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics

by Bliss Carman


 

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IS the day long
O Lesbian maiden,
And the night endless
In thy lone chamber
In Mitylene?
5

All the bright day,
Until welcome evening
When the stars kindle
Over the harbour,
What tasks employ thee? 
10

Passing the fountain
At golden sundown,
One of the home-going
Traffickers, hast thou
Thought of thy lover? 
15

Nay but how far
Too brief will the night be,
When I returning
To the dear portal
Hear my own heart beat! 
20