by Sappho (flourished c610-c580 BCE)
Translation by Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

As o'er her loom the Lesbian maid
Language: English  after the Aeolic Greek 
As o'er her loom the Lesbian maid 
    In love sick languor hung her head, 
Unknowing where her fingers strayed 
    She weeping turned away and said -- 

"Oh, my sweet mother, 'tis in vain, 
    I cannot weave as once I wove, 
So wildered is my heart and brain 
    With thinking of that youth I love."

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This text was added to the website: 2013-01-10
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