Posts tagged ‘richard (edward godfree) aldington’

Thursday, 26 February 2015

A Bird by Anyte of Tegea

You will never rise up again with a flutter of thick wings and rouse me from my bed in the morning;
For a thief came silently upon you in your sleep and killed you, pressing his finger into your throat.

From: http://elfinspell.com/ClassicalTexts/Poetry/AnyteOfTegea-Sappho/Aldington-Anyte.html

Date: 3rd century BCE (original); 1919 (translation)

By: Anyte of Tegea (3rd century BCE)

Translated by: Richard (Edward Godfree) Aldington (1892-1962)

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Friday, 8 August 2014

Prelude by Richard (Edward Godfree) Aldington

How could I love you more?
I would give up
Even that beauty I have loved too well
That I might love you better.
Alas, how poor the gifts that lovers give—
I can but give you of my flesh and strength,
I can but give you these few passing days
And passionate words that, since our speech began,
All lovers whisper in all ladies’ ears.

I try to think of some one lovely gift
No lover yet in all the world has found;
I think: If the cold sombre gods
Were hot with love as I am
Could they not endow you with a star
And fix bright youth for ever in your limbs?
Could they not give you all things that I lack?

You should have loved a god; I am but dust.
Yet no god loves as loves this poor frail dust.

From: http://www.links2love.com/love_poem_could_i_love_you_more.htm

Date: 1919

By: Richard (Edward Godfree) Aldington (1892-1962)