Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics

by Bliss Carman


 

LXVI


 

WHAT the west wind whispers
At the end of summer,
When the barley harvest
Ripens to the sickle,
    Who can tell? 
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What means the fine music
Of the dry cicada,
Through the long noon hours
Of the autumn stillness,
    Who can say? 
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How the grape ungathered
With its bloom of blueness
Greatens on the trellis
Of the brick-walled garden,
    Who can know? 
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Yet I, too, am greatened,
Keep the note of gladness,
Travel by the wind’s road,
Through this autumn leisure,—
    By thy love. 
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