Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics

by Bliss Carman


 

LXXXIX


 

WHERE shall I look for thee,
Where find thee now,
O my lost Atthis?

Storm bars the harbour,
And snow keeps the pass

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In the blue mountains.

Bitter the wind whistles,
Pale is the sun,
And the days shorten.

Close to the hearthstone,

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With long thoughts of thee,
Thy lonely lover

Sits now, remembering
All the spent hours
And thy fair beauty. 

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Ah, when the hyacinth
Wakens with spring,
And buds the laurel,

Doubt not, some morning
When all earth revives, 

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Hearing Pan’s flute-call

Over the river-beds,
Over the hills,
Sounding the summons,

I shall look up and behold

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In the door,
Smiling, expectant,

Loving as ever
And glad as of old,
My own lost Atthis!

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