Either carrying shells as gifts
From the Erythaian cliff
Or halcyon chicks still unwinged
Presents for the girl from an anxious man.
His Siren girl neighbor felt pity
For he was swimming toward that beach
And the regions close to Aitna.
First in my song shalt thou be, O Phœbus, the song that I sing Of the heroes of old, who sped, at the hest of Pelias the king, When down through the gorge of the Pontus-sea, through the Crags Dark-blue, On the Quest of the Fleece of Gold the strong-ribbed Argo flew. For an oracle came unto Pelias, how that in days to be A terrible doom should be dealt him of him whom his eyes should see From the field coming in, with the one foot only sandal-shod. Nor long thereafter did Jason fulfil the word of the God: For in wading the rush of Amaurus swollen with winter-tide rain One sandal plucked he forth of the mire, but the one was he fain To leave in the depths, for the swirl of the waters to sweep to the main. Straightway to the presence of Pelias he came, and his hap was to light On a banquet, the which unto Father Poseidon the king had dight, And the rest of the Gods, but Pelasgian Hêrê he heeded not. And the king beheld him, and straightway laid for his life the plot, And devised for him toil of a troublous voyage, that lost in the sea, Or lost amid alien men his home-return might be. Of the ship and her fashioning, bards of the olden time have told How Argus wrought, how Athênê made him cunning-souled. But now be it mine the lineage and names of her heroes to say, And to tell of the long sea-paths whereover they needs must stray, And the deeds that they wrought:—may the Muses vouchsafe to inspire the lay.
Verily there is a vengeance from on high, and happy he that weaveth merrily one day’s weft without a tear. And so, as for me, I sing now of the light that is Agido’s. Bright I see it as the very sun’s which the same Agido now invoketh to shine upon us. And yet neither praise nor blame can I give at all to such as she without offence to our splendid leader, who herself appeareth as pre-eminent as would a well-knit steed of ringing hoof that overcometh in the race, if he were set to graze among the unsubstantial cattle of our dreams that fly.
We present this work in honor of the 30th anniversary of the poet’s death.
When you reach that other world, don’t become a cloud, don’t become a cloud, and the bitter star of dawn, so that your mother knows you, waiting at her door. Take a wand of willow, a root of rosemary, a root of rosemary, and be a moonlit coolness falling in the midnight in your thirsting courtyard. I gave you rosewater to drink, you gave me poison, eaglet of the frost, hawk of the desert.
Among them too are the Muses For everywhere To flute and string the young girls Are dancing, In their hair the gold leaves of the bay: The dance whirls them away: Age or disease, no toil, Battle or ill-day’s luck Can touch them, they Are holy, they Will outlast time, exempted From the anger of the Goddess And all decay.
Here the hero came With the head That shocked a royal house, turning King and all into stone: It was long long ago, if Time means anything; Long, long ago.
We present this work in honor of the poet’s 115th birthday.
Each time I sinned a door half-opened and the angels who hadn’t thought me beautiful in my chastity tipped the vessels of their flowering souls. Each time I sinned a door seemed to open and tears of compassion dripped in the grass. But if the sword of my remorse pushed me from the skies each time I sinned a door half-opened.: the people thought me ugly; only the angels thought me beautiful.
We present this work in honor of the poet’s 120th birthday.
Today just before the light filled up the sky, far off I heard bells sounding in the city. Bells… why did I notice? As if sowing hate the last shadows slowly and dolefully moved on. Where have I left my sweet, childlike soul, in what season, with what bell’s tune entwined? In what season… and today to say my prayers I stayed on bended knee in sorrow. A prayer to beauty, to a forgotten mother, to ignorance, to a smile, to the voice of a dream, listening to the day’s bell of anguish which sadly tolled an untimely death.
When God in heaven brought light to earth and the true voice of wondrous men was accomplished, a life-producing radiance filled the whole world through the words of (other) prophets, the evangelists. For all robust men embraced one God, the Heavenly Father, Lord of all, and his Son, and in the name of the Holy Spirit were washed with water from the many sins staining their bodies.