Sappho - What Shall We Do, Cytherea?

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Sappho - What Shall We Do, Cytherea? - Read by Vanessa Hart

What Shall We Do, Cytherea?
by Sappho (ca. 625-570 BC)

What shall we do, Cytherea?
Lovely Adonis is dying.
Ah, but we mourn him!

Will he return when the Autumn
Purples the earth, and the sunlight
Sleeps in the vineyard?

Will he return when the Winter
Huddles the sheep, and Orion
Goes to his hunting?

Ah, but thy beauty, Adonis,
With the soft spring and the south wind,
Love and desire!

— Translated by Bliss Carman

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