Selection from Sappho’s Lyre (University of California Press, 1991). Translation copyright 2000 Diane Rayor; all rights reserved.

       Stele and my sirens and mournful urn,
which holds the meager ashes belonging to Hades,
tell those passing my tomb “farewell”
(be they townsmen or from other places)
5and that this grave holds me, a bride. Say, too,
that my father called me Baukis and my family
is from Tenos, so they may know, and that my friend
Erinna on the tombstone engraved this epigram.

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