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Subject Some there are who say that the fairest thing seen... , by Sapho

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Publication 145 By sapho on Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 23:10   
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Some there are who say that the fairest thing seen
on the black earth is an array of horsemen;
some, men marching; some would say ships; but I say
she whom one loves best

is the loveliest. Light were the work to make this
plain to all, since she, who surpassed in beauty
all mortality, Helen, once forsaking
her lordly husband,

fled away to Troy-land across the water.
Not the thought of child nor beloved parents
was remembered, after the Queen of Cyprus
won her at first sight.

Since young brides have hearts that can be persuaded
easily, light things, palpitant to passion
as am I, remembering Anaktoria
who has gone from me

and whose lovely walk and the shining pallor
of her face I would rather see before my
eyes than Lydia's chariots in all their glory
armored for battle.

Translated by Richmond Lattimore

Publication 1153 By wyty2187 on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 08:30   
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Beautiful rendition. May I have the original with notes?

Publication 1154 By absent-minded on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 08:56   
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Hi! You can read the original Sappho's poem (and a different translation) at Elpenor's library.

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