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Sappho/Saffo

Sappho (Saffo) – Ermes, io lungamente ti ho invocato / Hermes entered, the guide of souls

Gaston Bussière, Ophelia, 1900 Hermes entered, the guide of souls  I said, “O my Master,  by the blessed goddess I  have no pleasure being above the ground: a desire to die takes hold of me, and to see the dewy lotus flowers on the banks of Ácheron”. Ermes, io lungamente ti ho invocato. In me …

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Sappho (Saffo)- O mia Gongila / I beg you, Gongyla

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, c. 1485 Come back again, I beg you, Gongyla. Reveal yourself in your garment  white as milk; o what desire  forever around you, my lovely girl. This charming garment stirs her  who beholds you, for she who expresses  this reproach to you is the goddess herself  Cyprus-born, whom now …

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