May I write words more naked than flesh, stronger than bone, more resilient than sinew, sensitive than nerve.
When I look on you a moment, then I can speak no more, but my tongue falls silent, and at once a delicate flame courses beneath my skin, and with my eyes I see nothing, and my ears hum, and a wet sweat bathes me and a trembling seizes me all over.
You may forget but
let me tell you
this: someone in
some future time
will think of us
Beauty endures only for as long as it can be seen; goodness, beautiful today, will remain so tomorrow.
What cannot be said will be wept.
Although only breath, words which I command are immortal.
Whatever one loves most is beautiful.
Once again love drives me on, that loosener of limbs, bittersweet creature against which nothing can be done.
Love is a cunning weaver of fantasies and fables.
Someone, I tell you, in another time will remember us
Stand and face me, my love,and scatter the grace in your eyes.
Stars veil their beauty soon / Beside the glorious moon, / When her full silver light / Doth make the whole earth bright.
Love shook my heart/ Like the wind on the mountain/ Troubling the oak-trees
All the while, believe me, I prayed our night would last twice as long.
I know not what to do, my mind is divided
When anger spreads through the breath, guard thy tongue from barking idly.
Love, like a mountain-wind upon an oak, falling upon me, shakes me leaf and bough.
Mere air, these words, but delicious to hear.
With his venom irresistible and bittersweet that loosener of limbs, Love reptile-like strikes me down
Death is an evil; the gods have so judged; had it been good, they would die.
I took my lyre and said: come now, my heavenly tortoise shell: become a speaking instrument.
Some say an army of horsemen, or infantry,
A fleet of ships is the fairest thing
On the face of the black earth, but I say
It's what one loves.
Death must be an evil and the gods agree; for why else would they live for ever?
There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse.
How love the limb-loosener sweeps me away
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