Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics

by Bliss Carman


 

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LOVE shakes my soul, like a mountain wind
    Falling upon the trees,
When they are swayed and whitened and bowed
    As the great gusts will.

I know why Daphne sped through the grove

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    When the bright god came by,
And shut herself in the laurel’s heart
    For her silent doom.

Love fills my heart, like my lover’s breath
    Filling the hollow flute,

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Til the magic wood awakes and cries
    With remembrance and joy.

Ah, timid Syrinx, do I not know
    Thy tremor of sweet fear?
For a beautiful and imperious player

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    Is the lord of life.