Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics

by Bliss Carman


 

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OVER the wheat-field,
Over the hill-crest,
Swoops and is gone
The beat of a wild wing,
Brushing the pine-tops,
5

Bending the poppies,
Hurrying Northward
With golden summer.

What premonition,
O purple swallow,

10
Told thee the happy
Hour of migration?
Hark! On the threshold
—Hush, flurried heart in me!—
Was there a footfall?
15

Did no one enter?

Soon will a shepherd
In rugged Dacia,
Folding his gentle
Ewes in the twilight,

20

Lifting a level
Gaze from the sheepfold,
Say to his fellows,
"Lo, it is springtime."

This very hour 

25
In Mitylene,
Will not a young girl
Say to her lover,
Lifting her moon-white
Arms to enlace him, 
30
Ere the glad sigh comes,
"Lo, it is lovetime!"