The Lovely Lesbian


Spirit of Love, whose locks unrolled,
Stream on the breeze like floating gold;
Come, within a fragrant cloud
Blushing with light, thy votary shroud;

And, on those wings that sparkling play,
Waft, oh, waft me hence away!
Love! my soul is full of thee,
Alive to all thy luxury.

But she, the nymph for whom I glow
The lovely Lesbian mocks my woe;
Smiles at the chill and hoary hues
That time upon my forehead strews.

Alas! I fear she keeps her charms,
In store for younger, happier arms!

Odes of Anacreon - Ode LXXV
Translated from the Greek by Thomas Moore.

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