Sappho, Miquel Carbonell Selva (1881)
Sappho, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz
Though you mourn, from your young life do not flee
Come, create within us a magic spell
Leave not Leucadian cliff for the sea
Instead your song the sea’s harshness to quell
If it is a failed love we can’t undo
Nor can our earnest love of you compare
Let our open arms provide you comfort
A chance to heal your illness of despair
There won’t be warmth on the sea’s frigid floor
Your lyre never to play another song
Stay, it is you that we so much adore
It is with us that you truly belong
Sappho it is our wish you didn’t abide
Preferring deep darkness of suicide
Article about the fate of Sappho
Sappho and Phaon, David Jacques-Louis (1809)
Sappho and Phaon
Sappho, such control of poetic words,
But thy heart runs unrestrained as a stag.
Surely did not follow songs of love birds
Phaon with great ease thy heart did he snag
Were thou charmed by Aphrodite’s gift to him?
A competitor of her Adonis.
Soon causing thou to feel more than a whim,
Phaon so willing to accept your muss.
Thou and he created a carnal fire.
He expressed an insatiable desire.
Of thy loving touch he early did tire.
Abandoned, alone now to play thy lyre.
Thy asking the fates this love to remove,
If not let thee drown. The fates did behoove.