Saturday, June 25, 2005

New-to-us poem by Sappho discovered!

Nice way to celebrate Pride, yes?

Here is the article.

Here is a translation of the poem. (Brackets indicate words that are implied.)

"[You for] the fragrant-blossomed Muses' lovely gifts
[be zealous,] girls, [and the] clear melodious lyre:

[but my once tender] body old age now
[has seized;] my hair's turned [white] instead of dark;

my heart's grown heavy, my knees will not support me,
that once on a time were fleet for the dance as fawns.

This state I oft bemoan; but what's to do?
Not to grow old, being human, there's no way.

Tithonus once, the tale was, rose-armed Dawn,
love-smitten, carried off to the world's end,

handsome and young then, yet in time grey age
o'ertook him, husband of immortal wife."


Thomas said...

Wow, that is fantastic news! They found her poem on a "mummy's cartonnage," no less. Two cheers for the victory of art over time!

CrackerLilo said...

Figured you'd like it as much as anyone at the cool lunch table would. :-)

Blessed be!

Cindy said...

Now you just gotta figure out how to get the sidebar back where it needs to be.
Annie might be able to help you with that. Something is too wide and forcing your stuff to the bottom.

CrackerLilo said...

Oh, I know what it is. Too-wide comic strips, too-wide T-shirt logos. But I love my zeeba and crockydiles, and want to keep them up as long as possible. :-)

Blessed be!