Sappho: Quotations

Sappho (Pompeii fresco)

Sappho (7th6th century BC)


“Like the sweet apple which reddens upon the topmost bough,

Atop on the topmost twig,

which the pluckers forgot, somehow,

Forget it not, nay; but got it not, for none could get it till now.”

(Translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti)

Οἶον τὸ γλυκύμαλον ἐρεύθεται ἄκρῳ ἐπ᾽ ὔσδῳ
ἄκρον ἐπ᾽ ἀκροτάτῳ λελάθοντο δὲ μαλοδρόπνεσ,
οὐ μὰν ἐκλελάθοντ᾽, ἀλλ᾽ οὐκ ἐδύναντ᾽ ἐπίκεσθαι.

Fragment 105