Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics

by Bliss Carman


 

XXVIII


 

WITH your head thrown backward
In my arm’s safe hollow,
And your face all rosy
With the mounting fervour;

While the grave eyes greaten

5

With the wise new wonder,
Swimming in a love-mist
Like the haze of Autumn;

From that throat, the throbbing
Nightingale’s for pleading,

10

Wayward, soft and welling
Inarticulate love-notes,

Come the words that bubble
Up through broken laughter,
Sweeter than spring-water,

15
"Gods, I am so happy!"