Songs By Sappho (after translations by W. Barnstone)

World

I reach up into the sky
And…no! Not reach!
I walk on earth;
I stand in sky.
My feet press purest dust
And my song goes far.

…………………………..

Full Moon

The sparkling-footed stars
Pale to the splendid moon
When in her glory she runs naked
‘Round the world.

……………………………….

Then

With gold soft feet
dawn like a thief
fell on me.

………………………………

Alone

Down are the Pleiades;
Long the lone night.
Oh, do the hours go?
Slow; oh, so slow.

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