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

Sappho 16 (Voigt 130a)

        Once again that loosener of limbs, Love,
bittersweet and inescapable, crawling thing,
seizes me.

Sappho 27 (Voigt 168b)

        The moon and Pleiades have set
half the night is gone
time passes
I sleep alone . . .

Sappho 68 (Voigt 147)

        I say someone in another time will remember us.

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