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First Line: Dear girl of mytilene
Last Line: To loved, but cruel phaon.
Alternate Author Name(s): Anakreon; Anacreontea
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


DEAR GIRL OF MYTILENE
Thy dark locks loosely flowing,
Thy full, round, jet eye sparkling
With soul-subduing glances,
Thy brown cheek flushed and glowing,
Thy lips, like opening rose buds
Their earliest balm exhaling,
Thy slender hands of coral,
Whose light and fairy fingers,
The cittern sweetly tuning,
Awake the song of Sappho,
And echo "lovely Phaon!
Adored, but cruel Phaon!"
Dear girl of Mytilene --
Beneath the bending vine-bower,
That hangs its loaded clusters
Full-swoln with purple nectar,
And o'er the vaulted trellis
Its tendrils, wildly ramping,
With broad, green leaves inwoven,
Shut out the star and moonlight --
Dear girl of Mytilene --
As in that secret bower
Thy love-lorn song is flowing,
The shepherd, on the moss bank,
All silvered o'er with moonlight,
Beside a dimpling fountain,
Shall play upon his tabret,
Responsive to thy echoes,
The dying song of Sappho
To loved, but cruel Phaon.






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