Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics

by Bliss Carman


 

XL


 

AH, what detains thee, Phaon,
So long from Mitylene,
Where now thy restless lover
Wearies for thy coming?

A fever burns me, Phaon;

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My knees quake on the threshold,
And all my strength is loosened,
Slack with disappointment.

But thou wilt come, my Phaon,
Back from the sea like morning,

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To quench in golden gladness
The ache of parted lovers.