Sappho: Quotations

Sappho (Pompeii fresco)

Sappho (7th6th century BC)

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“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.

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