Friday, April 25, 2014

By thee, my lamp - An erotic poem by Asclepiades, from the Palatine Anthology - 270 BC.

A fair reflection, by John William Godward (1861-1922)

By thee, my lamp, thrice Heraclea swore
to come again, and yet she did not come
Oh lamp, if thou art god, take vengeance for the guile
When she has her lover inside
and her play is at its height, 
go out, and no more offer them 
your light... 

(translation : Yiota Karioti)  

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