Sleep, darling
I have a small
daughter called
Cleis, who is

like a golden

       I wouldn't
take all of Croesus'

kingdom with love
thrown in, for her


Don't ask me what to wear
I have no embroidered
headband from Sardis to
give you, Cleis, such as
I wore

and my mother

always said that in her
day a purple ribbon
looped in the hair was thought
to be high style indeed

but we were dark:

                 a girl

whose hair is yellower than
torchlight should wear no
headdress but fresh flowers

- Sappho, translated by Mary Barnard.

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