And One for His Mistress

By Powell, Jim; Robinson, Mary Darby | TriQuarterly, Winter 1992 | Go to article overview

And One for His Mistress


Powell, Jim, Robinson, Mary Darby, TriQuarterly


Aphrodite, Cyprian, let her find you at your very prickliest: don't let Dorikha crow about him coming a second time to the love she is missing.

Most beautiful of all the stars O Hesperus, bringing everything the bright dawn scattered: you bring the sheep, you bring the goat, you bring the child back to her mother.

I have a beautiful little girl: the golden flowers are no match for her loveliness, my darling Kleis --for her, I wouldn't take all Lydia or sweet |

~ for my mother said

that when she was a girl if you bound the locks of your hair in back, gathered there in a circlet of plaited purple,

that was truly a fine adornment, but for blonds with hair yellower than a torch it is better to fasten it

with fresh garlands of flowers in bloom, and more recently there were headbands decorated in Sardis, elaborately

embroidered | ~ Ionian cities |

| ~

But for you, dearest Kleis, I have no intricate headband and nowhere that I can get one: the Mytilenean

| ~ | ~ | ~

these memorials of the exile of the children of Kleanax ~ horribly wasted |

In the house of the Muses' servants grief is not right. That would not suit us.

Wealth without virtue is no harmless neighbor.

When anger spreads inside your breast keep watch against an idly barking tongue. …

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