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VARIATIONS ON SAPPHO: 35, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Come, gorgo, put the rug in place
Last Line: Thy pride upon a ring?
Alternate Author Name(s): Field, Michael (With Edith Emma Cooper)
Variant Title(s): Long Ago: 35
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Pride; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Self-esteem; Self-respect

Come Gorgo, put the rug in place,
And passionate recline;

I love to see thee in thy grace,
Dark, virulent, divine.

But wherefore thus thy proud eyes fix
Upon a jewelled band?

Art thou so glad the sardonyx
Becomes thy shapely hand?

Bethink thee! 'Tis for such as thou
Zeus leaves his lofty seat;

'Tis at thy beauty's bidding how
Man's mortal life shall fleet;

Those fairest hands -- dost thou forget
Their power to thrill and cling?

O foolish woman, dost thou set
Thy pride upon a ring?

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