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Sappho, from Come Close
(tr. Aaron Poochigian)
You move gracefully; your eyes are honey; charm was showered on your radiant face—yes, Aphrodite granted you outstanding praise.
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Sappho, untitled, Come Close
Translated by Aaron Poochigian

‘In all honesty, I want to die.’

Leaving for good after a good long cry,
She said: ‘We both have suffered terribly,
But, Sappho, it is hard to say goodbye.’

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Sappho, untitled, Come Close
Translated by Aaron Poochigian

But I love extravagance,
And wanting it has handed down
The glitter and glamour of the sun
As my inheritance.

I truly do believe no maiden that will live
To look upon the brilliance of the sun
Ever will be contemplative
Like this one.

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Sappho, untitled, Come Close
Translated by Aaron Poochigian

I loved you once, years ago, Atthis,
When your flower was in place.
You seemed a gawky girl then, artless,
Without grace.

Atthis, you looked at what I was
And hated what you saw
And now, all in a flutter, chase
After Andromeda.

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Sappho, excerpt from “That fellow…”, Come Close
Translated by Aaron Poochigian

Sweat comes quickly, and a shiver
Vibrates my frame. I am more sallow
Than grass and suffer such a fever
As death should follow.

But I must suffer further, worthless
As I am.

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