Delicate Flame by Sappho  

fiestyearthgypsy 47F
23 posts
2/17/2005 7:35 pm

Last Read:
3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Delicate Flame by Sappho


This sets my heart to fluttering in my breast, for when I look on you a moment, then can I speak no more, but my tongue falls silent, and at once a delicate flame courses beneath my skin, and with my eyes I see nothing, and my ears hum, and a cold sweat bathes me, and trembling seizes me all over, and I am paler than grass, and I feel near to death.

Sappho, 6th Century BC

(that is 2600 years ago for those who cannot figure out BC -- wink)

sUNLATA 53F
1 post
2/17/2005 11:52 pm

this is, lovely, of course. Thank-you for having put it in my way to read it, Sunlata


TitMonkey1979 37M
10 posts
2/18/2005 12:01 am

no such thing as BC as there was no such thing as christ.


rm_stephenc1966 51M
34 posts
2/18/2005 8:27 am

That's nice...."my ears hum." Here's another:

So spake our general Mother, and with eyes
Of conjugal attraction unreprov'd,
And meek surrender, half imbracing leand
On our first Father, half her swelling Breast
Naked met his under the flowing Gold
Of her loose tresses hid: he in delight
Both of her Beauty and submissive Charms
Smil'd with superior Love, as Jupiter
On Juno smiles, when he impregns the Clouds
That shed May Flowers; and press'd her Matron lip
With kisses pure...
-- Milton, Paradise Lost


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