Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics

by Bliss Carman


 

XXXIX


 

I GROW weary of the foreign cities,
The sea travel and the stranger peoples.
Even the clear voice of hardy fortune
Dares me not as once on brave adventure.

For the heart of man must seek and wander, 

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Ask and question and discover knowledge;
Yet above all goodly things is wisdom,
And love greater than all understanding.

So, a mariner, I long for a land-fall,—
When a darker purple on the sea-rim, 

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O’er the prow uplifted, shall be Lesbos
And the gleaming towers of Mitylene.