Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics

by Bliss Carman


 

LXXXI


 

HARK, love, to the tambourines
Of the minstrels in the street,
And one voice that throbs and soars
Clear above the clashing time!

Some Egyptian royal love-lilt, 

5

Some Sidonian refrain,
Vows of Paphos or of Tyre,
Mount against the silver sun.

Pleading, piercing, yet serene,
Vagrant in a foreign town, 

10
From what passion was it born,
In what lost land over sea?