mythologyofthepoetandthemuse: ~Κατθνάσκει Κυθέ…

mythologyofthepoetandthemuse:

~Κατθνάσκει Κυθέρἠ, ἄβροσ Ἄδωνισ, τί κε θεῖμεν,
Καττύπτεσθε κόραι καὶ κατερείκεσθε χίτωνασ.

Gentle Adonis is dying, O Cythera, what shall we do?
Beat your breasts, O maidens, and rend your garments.

Gentle Adonis wounded lies, dying, dying.
What message, O Cythera, dost thou send?
Beat, beat your white breasts, O ye weeping maidens,
And in wild grief your mourning garments rend.~

Quoted by Hephaestion and presumed to be written by Sappho from a passage in Pausanias.

William Russell Flint (1880-1969), Lament for Adonis, 1922