Sappho :: 12 poetic songs for voice and chamber group - Jarek Kordaczuk
Songs: Sappho. Music: Jarek Kordaczuk (Jaroslaw Kordaczuk); Jaroslaw KORDACZUK songs, Sappho, Safo, Sapho, Sappho\'s songs, poems Sappho, an ancient poet, Basia Raduszkiewicz singing, a song cycle, 12 songs from the seventh century BC, a poetic song, song poetry, sung poetry. Pieces for voice (alt or mezzosopran), piano, bass, cello, violin and drums - scores (sheet music)

Sappho 12 songs to the words of the classical poet. Music and text\'s arrangement: Jarek Kordaczuk Vocal: Basia Raduszkiewicz About the project SAPPHO In hindsight, you can see only what is important. Simplicity and beauty of poems fascinate continuosly for thousands of years. They provoke to sing them. As beautiful as you can. Sappho is a cycle of 12 lyric songs written with a view to Basia Raduszkiewicz voice. After "Moved Moments" it was time for an entirely acoustic project. The soloist is accompanied by the instrumental group. The content of songs is based on preserved fragments of Sappho's poems. These fragments were the inspiration for the creation of texts using Sappho's thoughs and giving them new context. The author of this arrangents as well as the music for all works is Jarek Kordaczuk. CD available at 6dB Records.   The Lesbian <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt; margin:70.85pt 70.85pt 70.85pt 70.85pt; mso-header-margin:35.4pt; mso-footer-margin:35.4pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> Lesbian  (Andrzej Michał Kempiński, the introduction to the second edition of SAPPHO cd) Actually, we do not know exactly her name as it was written on coins and vases as Psapho  (Ψαπφώ or Ψάπφo), Psapha (Ψάπφα), Sapfo (Σαπφώ), Sapho (Σαφφώ) and Sappho (Σαφώ); It is possible that it was not her real name but a pen name meaning "Brightness" or "Lapis lazuli". We know neither the date of her birth nor death. According to the imprecise information it is said that she lived at the turn of the seventh and sixth century BC.  We do not have certainty as  to the place  where she was born because the former authors wrote of Eresos or Mitylene; fortunately both  cities lied on Lesbos so at least we have the justification for  the title of this text. The place of her death is highly embarrasing since Menander (in Strabo), Hesychios, Palajfatos, Plutarch, Ovid, Statius and Suidas  say ? either directly or allusively ? about a suicide jump from Lefkada (?White Rock?) in Sicily . However two anonymous poems from VII volume of Palatine Anthology mentioned about her grave on Lesbos, where  she had rested mourned by her former wards. We know her mother's name Kleis (later the name of Sappho's daughter), and the father was mentioned as Skamandronymosa Eunominosa Eumenos, Kamon, Samos and Simon, although she was raised at her stepfather's house- Ekrytos, Eurygios or Etarchos. Not much is known about her apperance. Damocharis claimed that she was beautiful  Plato held the same opinion as far as he thought about her, not her soul. The scholiast Lukiana wrote clearly: "poorly endowed by nature, small and dark"; the same way she was presented by Ovid. Famous Alcaeus of Mytilene, who not only knew her but even  felt a strong but not requited  affection for her, characterized her in one of his poems as "pure and innocent". On the contrary Amejpsias, Amfis, Antifanes, Difilos, Efippos and Timokles portrayed her as  indecent seducer of her own wards, and for Tatian, the christian heretic, who recognized everything what greek villainy, she was an indecent erotomaniac. It is well known that our lesbian directed education (especially musical and poetic) of girls gathered in a kind of religious association (θίασος) worshipping  Aphrodite, but we do not know why? if she demorelized girls? the aristocracy not ony local  but also those from  Miletus, Colophon and Salamis, willingly gave their daughters under her care. Her husband, Kerkylas  from Andros, is such a shady figure that some even doubt his existence  and her suicide  because of unrequited love to a beautiful Phaon (who was in fact a local deity) is somehow difficult to reconcile with her supposedly avowed homosexuality. Supposedly, because the ancient knew the tradition  of so many Lesbian's relationship with men, that  finally her defenders brought another Sappho of Erosos into the literary existence, a courtesan and a poet contemporary to our heroine (mentioned in Aspasia, Elian and in XV century in Michael Apostolius) and made her responsible for all sexual excesses of  that. And what do we know about the Lesbian for sure? Well, even the great ancients Solon, Pindar, Bacchylides, Theocritus, Theophrastus, Apollonios of Rhodos, Posidippus, Callimachus ,Catullus, Ovid and Horace admired her poetic genius. Plato called her the Tenth Muse, for Strabo  she was a 'miraculous phenomena', and Galen called her a Poet (poet par excellence) just like Homer. All of them were more fortunete than we because they knew all of her work.  And she wrote a lot: Alexandrian philologists had gathered her works in nine volumes, of which we have only remains today as zealous Christians burnt all of her poems in the fourth century. In the medieval times, the latin-speaking West  prefered to remain silent about her, and the greek-speaking, god-fearing Byzantium despised her. <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:595.3pt 841.9pt; margin:70.85pt 70.85pt 70.85pt 70.85pt; mso-header-margin:35.4pt; mso-footer-margin:35.4pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> The authors of the musical project "Sappho" are certainly aware of all of this.  They even probably know that not so long ago there were attempts to compare our Wanda's suicidal jump to Vistula River, well known from The Chronicleof Poland by Wincenty Kadłubek and Sappho's desperate jump from Lefkada. However, leaving all aside they they decided to find the hidden sound of Sappho's thrilling poetry in the modern musical form. Poetry as such.   Premiere The recital premiere on  December 2005 in the Old Town Hall in Olsztyn. vocal Basia Raduszkiewicz music Jarek Kordaczuk lyrics (based on Sappho) Jarek Kordaczuk musical direction  Krzysztof Herdzin Krzysztof Herdzin - piano Cezary Konrad - drums Piotr Filipowicz - double-bass Anna Zielińska - violin Jarosław Thiel -  cello Anna Jundziłł - flute Jacek Kulig - oboe poster Adam Smoczyński   Musicians Musicians taking part in the recordings of SAPPHO (6dB Records, 2006) Basia Raduszkiewicz - vocal Krzysztof Herdzin - piano Cezary Konrad - drums Piotr Filipowicz - double-bass Anna Zielińska - violin Jarosław Thiel -  cello Anna Jundziłł - flute Marek Roszkowski - oboe   Similar to God Sappho (red. Jarek Kordaczuk) Similar to God Similar to God seems to me this man That sits opposite and carefully with rapture listens to you enchanted When you smiles sweetly my heart in chest Trembles anxiously, frightened While observing you I can't utter a sound out of my larynx I can't find my tongue, the words fade away Tardy flame pierces my body, The eyes lose their light, Once again piercing hum will catch my ear Bathed in sweat,trembled, frightened More green than the green grass I feel that in a moment I will lose my life, I will faint violently I must grin and bear it all The moon has descended Sappho (red. Jarek Kordaczuk) The moon has descended The Moon has already descended Pleiades' midnight passes, Time passes, And I'm lonely in my bed Time passes and nobody stops Only the midnight's frail arms wrap me around She is only for me I am only for her Like a sweet shiny red apple On a very top of a tree That noone noticed They forgot No, they just couldn't reach it by the dusky night Sappho (red. Jarek Kordaczuk) By the dusky night By the dusky night you come as a dream, as a sweet God and all the worries are gone for real although I am exhausted, the hope tells me that I will survive, I require nothing from the deadmen Oh my soul Sappho (red. Jarek Kordaczuk) Oh my soul Oh my soul, don't speak anymore, You'll scare away Adonis's face, one goddess' worries Do not demand more tunes. My lips captivated by desire, Shameful in this world Aphrodite is playing with my heart, Enchantingly coating my lips with nectar I am losing my mind I have a daughter Safona (red. Jarek Kordaczuk) I have adaughter I have a daughter like a golden flower I have a daughter, her name is Kleis I won't give my beloved Not for any beautiful land I have a daughter like a golden flower I have a daughter, her name is Kleis In her beauty all my care In her fragility all my love I hide her at home, because her body is burning Unknown lust for love I lock her at home, because I know it's too early She wants to know the sweetness of love That to destruction leads I lull my daughter tormented by a sweet passion desire I chase the lusty dreams away I snatch her from the lovers' arms He to destruction leads How much time had passed Sappho (red. Jarek Kordaczuk) How much time had passed How much time had passed since I met you? Then you seemed to me a little innocent girl I was dressed in a long dress, a beautiful gift And you were charmed by a girl, That wasn't able to pull her dress up the ankle How much time had passed since I saw you? When you were a little innocent girl You treated me harshly And they were mocking me And you were boasting about gaining love for the second time So much time had gone since, I met you? Since an innocent girl grabbed my soul (a liver) You will die and be forgotten no rose will adore you you will roam pale among the cold-eyed deadmen's herd And I want you Sappho (red. Jarek Kordaczuk) And I want you And I want you And I am fading in my desire And know my hands won't touch the sky I covered myself with a delicate sheet A somber dream had taken possession of eyes Oh Sappho Sappho (red. Jarek Kordaczuk) Oh Sappho Oh Sappho! Or I will stop loving you Show me yourself, stand up from a bed, straighten your prayed body And throw these intrusive clothes from Chios away Take a bath like a pure lily Kleis should bring a cedarwood oil The new sapphire dress and purple coat put on While you'll be dressing I'll plait the chaplets for your hair hurry up, because your beauty bewilders me Like the stars round the moon lose their light Like the moon silvery shines over the earth. Like my beauty fades away when I'm close to you I'm ashamed to tell what I desire You must know that I was praying for our night to be longer Now, let the sunrays embrace your naked body Show yourself, otherwise I'll stop loving you I love delight as well Sappho (red. Jarek Kordaczuk) I love delight as well I love delight as well And this brightness Similar to the love of the sun My beauty is proper for me We sleepless girls Sappho (red. Jarek Kordaczuk) We sleepless girls we sleepless girls about great love sang about your beloved and her violet bosoms we sleepless girls about a great loneliness sang and about all those lonelinesses that will come suffering doesn't fit us sleepless girs so we hide behind a cheerful or a hidden face anger doesn't fit us sleepless girls so we paint a bright or a hidden look we sleepless girls are needed at sleepless nights just like sleeples nights are at no use at all we sleepless girls are needed on astray days when your beloved is gone with her violet bosoms It\'s good you came Sappho (red. Jarek Kordaczuk) it's good you came it's good you came I was dying for you it's good you came I was waiting so long my heart trembles cheerfully when my oldish body dives in the delight of your caresses and suddenly you light the fire in my heart you drink the sweet nectar of my thirsty lips my hands are stroking your divine arms my beloved I know how weak is the thread that weaves our existence How impossible love has just been fulfilled and even though I love you marry someone else Because old am I I won't bear the burden of life so why do you kindle a fire in my heart one more time Believe me Sappho (red. Jarek Kordaczuk) believe me believe me I'd like to die despairing crying words full of sorrow voice of dread gods called you to the other side don't forget me but if you were to forget I'll remind you myself how many beautiful days we went through how you enjoyed adorning your hair with flowers that smells freshly and chaplets of violets and roses or on soft pillows on a neat, tender bedding you lied to quench girls' desire with you my sweet beauty is playing golden Aphrodite girl with a sweet voice more sonorous than lyre more golden than gold  whiter than milk softer than water more melodious than lyra more haughty than horse more florid than rose hotter than fire brighter than sun more delicate than air more fragrant than oils you look so beautiful in this transparent blouse you look so beautiful in these silky robes in which Charon admires you Will you love any of Gods more out of them only Charon won't let the hope rise when you are covered with black soil don't forget me Experimental music Installations Coral music Solo pieces Improvised music Acousmatic music Electronic Music Monoctone Pieces for children Jarek Kordaczuk mp3 Dark Energy Agnieszka Kołodyńska Pantomime Electroacoustic music Vocal-instrumental music Instrumental Music Musical interpretations of fairy tales Compositions Adam Smoczyński Sacred Music EWI ProForma Theatrical music Jan Brzechwa Julian Tuwim Sebastian Wypych Poetic song Sung poetry Jarosław Kordaczuk Arrangements Videoclips Animations Titelituralia Onomatopeic compositions Theatre of Sound A Room Full of Fairy Tales Children's Art Centre Cezary Konrad Krzysztof Herdzin Basia Raduszkiewicz Music for children

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Sappho

12 songs to the words of the classical poet.

Music and text's arrangement:
Jarek Kordaczuk

Vocal:
Basia Raduszkiewicz

Similar to God
The Moon Has Already Set
At the Dark Night
My Little Soul
I've Got a Daughter
How Much Time Has Passed
And I Desire You
Oh, Sappho
I Also Love Bliss
We Sleepless Girls
Good That You Came
Believe Me

Similar to God seems to me this man

That sits opposite

and carefully with rapture listens to you

enchanted

When you smiles sweetly my heart

When you smiles sweetly frightened

in chest trembles anxiously my heart

When you smiles sweetly my heart

When you smiles sweetly frightened

in chest trembles anxiously

While observing you my heart

in chest trembles anxiously, frightened

While observing you a sound out of my larynx

While observing you my heart

in chest trembles anxiously, frightened

While observing you I can't utter a sound out of my larynx

I can't find my tongue, the words fade away I can't find my tongue, the words fade away

Tardy flame pierces my body the words fade away pierces my body

The eyes lose their light

Once again piercing hum will catch my ear Once again piercing hum will catch my ear

I can't find my tongue, the words fade away tardy flame pierces my body

I can't find my tongue tardy flame The eyes lose their light The eyes lose their light

Once again piercing hum will catch my ear Once again piercing hum will catch my ear

Bathed in sweat,trembled, frightened more green than the green grass

I feel that in a moment I will lose my life

Bathed in sweat,trembled, frightened more green than the green grass

I feel that in a moment I will lose my life I will faint I will faint violently

Similar to God seems to me this man

I must grin and bear it all

The Moon has already descended

Pleiades'

midnight passes

Time passes

And I'm lonely in my bed

Time passes

and nobody stops

Only the midnight's frail arms wrap me around

She is only for me I am only for her

Only the midnight's frail arms wrap me around

She is only for me I am only for her

The Moon has already descended

Pleiades'

midnight passes

Time passes

And I'm lonely in my bed

Time passes

and nobody stops

Only the midnight's arms wrap me around

Time passes

Only the midnight's frail arms wrap me around

She is only for me I am only for her

Only the midnight's frail arms wrap me around

She is only for me I am only for her

Like a sweet shiny red apple

On a very top of a tree

That noone noticed

They forgot

No

they just couldn't reach it

The Moon has already descended

Pleiades'

midnight passes

Time passes

And I'm lonely in my bed

Time passes

and nobody stops

Only the midnight's frail arms wrap me around

She is only for me I am only for her

She is only for me I am only for her

She is only for me I am only for her

She is only for me I am only for her

By the dusky night you come as a dream

you come, you come as a dream

as a sweet God

By the dusky night you come as a dream

you come, you come as a dream

as a sweet, as a sweet God

and all the worries are gone for real

although I am exhausted

although I am exhausted

the hope tells me

that I will survive

that I will survive

I require nothing from the deadmen

Oh my soul, don't speak anymore

don't speak anymore

You'll scare away Adonis's face

one goddess' worries

one goddess'

Do not demand more tunes

My lips captivated by desire

Shameful in this world

Do not demand more tunes

My lips captivated by desire

Shameful in this world

Aphrodite is playing with my heart

Enchantingly coating my lips with nectar

I am losing my mind

I have a daughter like a golden flower I have a daughter, her name is Kleis

I won't give my beloved Not for any beautiful land

I have a daughter like a golden flower I have a daughter, her name is Kleis

In her beauty all my care In her fragility all my love

I hide her at home, because her body is burning Unknown lust for love

I lock her at home, because I know it's too early She wants to know the sweetness of love

to know the sweetness of love That to destruction leads

I lull my daughter tormented by a sweet passion desire

I chase the lusty dreams away I snatch her from the lovers' arms

He to destruction leads

How much time had passed since I met you?

How much time had passed since I met you?

Then you seemed to me a little innocent girl

Then you seemed to me a little innocent girl

I was dressed in a long dress, a beautiful gift

And you were charmed by a girl, That wasn't able to pull her dress up the ankle

And you were charmed by a girl, That wasn't able to pull her dress up the ankle

How much time had passed since I saw you?

How much time had passed since I saw you?

When you were a little innocent girl

When you were a little innocent girl

You treated me harshly And they were mocking me

And you were boasting about gaining love for the second time

And you were boasting about gaining love for the second time

about gaining for the second time

you were boasting

love

And they were mocking me And you were boasting

So much time had gone since, I met you?

Since an innocent girl grabbed my soul

Since an innocent girl grabbed my soulę

Since an innocent girl grabbed my soul again

You will die and be forgotten no rose will adore you

you will roam pale among the cold-eyed deadmen's herd

How much time had passed since I met you?

And I want you

And I am fading in my desire

And know my hands

won't touch the sky

I covered myself

with a delicate sheet

A somber dream

had taken possession of eyes

I covered myself

with a delicate sheet

A sweet dream

had taken possession of eyes

And I want you

And I am fading in my desire

And know my hands

won't touch the sky

And I want you

Oh Sappho! Or I will stop loving you

Show me yourself, stand up from a bed, straighten your prayed body

And throw these intrusive clothes from Chios away

Take a bath like a pure lily

Kleis should bring a cedarwood oil

The new sapphire dress and purple coat put on

While you'll be dressing

I'll plait the chaplets for your hair

hurry up, because your beauty bewilders me

Like the stars round the moon lose their light

Like the moon silvery shines over the earth

Like the stars round the moon lose their light

Like my beauty fades away when I'm close to you

I'm ashamed to tell what I desire

You must know that I was praying

for our night to be longer

Now, let the sunrays

embrace your naked body Show yourself, otherwise I'll stop loving you

I love delight as well

And this brightness

Similar to the love of the sun

I love this brightness similar to the love of the sun as well

I love delight as well

And this brightness

Similar to the love of the sun

My beauty is proper for me, My beauty is proper for me

I love delight as well

delight and this brightness, brightness

brightness, brightness similar to the love of the sun

Similar to the love

I love this brightness similar to the love of the sun as well

we sleepless girls

about great love sang

about your beloved

beloved

and her violet bosoms

we sleepless girls

about a great loneliness sang

and about all those lonelinesses

lonelinesses

that will come

us girls, us sleepless

suffering doesn't fit us

so we hide behind a cheerful or a hidden face

us girls, us sleepless

anger doesn't fit us

so we paint a bright or a hidden look

we sleepless girls

are needed at sleepless nights

just like sleeples nights are at no use at all

we sleepless girls

are needed on astray days

when your beloved is gone

with her violet bosoms

we sleepless girls

about a great loneliness sang

and about all those lonelinesses

lonelinesses

that will come

it's good you came

I was dying for you

it's good you came

it's good you came

my heart trembles cheerfully

when my oldish body dives in the delight of your caresses

and suddenly you light the fire in my heart

you drink the sweet nectar of my thirsty lips

my hands are stroking your divine arms my beloved

my beloved, beloved

I know how weak is the thread

that weaves our existence

How impossible love

has just been fulfilled

and even though I love you

marry someone else

Because old am I, I won't bear

the burden of life

so why do you kindle a fire in my heart one more time

you drink the sweet nectar of my thirsty lips

my hands are stroking your divine arms my beloved

my beloved, my beloved

my beloved, beloved, my beloved

believe me

believe me I'd like to

believe me I'd like to die

despairing crying words full of sorrow

don't forget me

don't forget me

voice of dread gods

called you to the other side

don't forget me

don't forget me

but if you were to forget

I'll remind you myself

how many beautiful days we went through

how you enjoyed adorning your hair with

flowers that smells freshly

and chaplets of violets and roses

or on soft pillows

on a neat, tender bedding

you lied to quench girls' desire

you lied to quench girls' desire

with you my sweet beauty

is playing golden Aphrodite

girl with a sweet voice

more sonorous than lyre

more golden than gold

whiter than milk

softer than water

more melodious than lyra

more haughty than horse

more florid than rose

hotter than fire

brighter than sun

more delicate than air

more fragrant than oils

you look so beautiful in this transparent blouse

you look so beautiful in these silky robes

in which Charon admires you

in which Charon admires you

Will you love

any of Gods more

out of them only Charon

won't let the hope rise

when you are covered with black soil

when you are covered with black soil

don't forget me

don't forget me

SAPPHO

In hindsight, you can see only what is important. Simplicity and beauty of poems fascinate continuosly for thousands of years. They provoke to sing them. As beautiful as you can.

Sappho is a cycle of 12 lyric songs written with a view to Basia Raduszkiewicz voice. After "Moved Moments" it was time for an entirely acoustic project. The soloist is accompanied by the instrumental group. The content of songs is based on preserved fragments of Sappho's poems. These fragments were the inspiration for the creation of texts using Sappho's thoughs and giving them new context. The author of this arrangents as well as the music for all works is Jarek Kordaczuk.

CD available at 6dB Records.
 

Sappho
(red. Jarek Kordaczuk)






Similar to God

Similar to God seems to me this man
That sits opposite and carefully
with rapture listens to you enchanted

When you smiles sweetly my heart in chest
Trembles anxiously, frightened
While observing you
I can't utter a sound out of my larynx

I can't find my tongue, the words fade away
Tardy flame pierces my body,
The eyes lose their light,
Once again piercing hum will catch my ear

Bathed in sweat,trembled, frightened
More green than the green grass
I feel that in a moment I will lose my life,
I will faint violently

I must grin and bear it all

Sappho
(red. Jarek Kordaczuk)






The moon has descended

The Moon has already descended
Pleiades' midnight passes,
Time passes,
And I'm lonely in my bed

Time passes and nobody stops
Only the midnight's frail arms wrap me around
She is only for me
I am only for her

Like a sweet shiny red apple
On a very top of a tree
That noone noticed
They forgot
No, they just couldn't reach it

Sappho
(red. Jarek Kordaczuk)






By the dusky night

By the dusky night
you come as a dream,
as a sweet God
and all the worries are gone for real
although I am exhausted,
the hope tells me that I will survive,
I require nothing from the deadmen


Sappho
(red. Jarek Kordaczuk)






Oh my soul

Oh my soul, don't speak anymore,
You'll scare away Adonis's face,
one goddess' worries

Do not demand more tunes.
My lips captivated by desire,
Shameful in this world

Aphrodite is playing with my heart,
Enchantingly coating my lips with nectar
I am losing my mind

Safona
(red. Jarek Kordaczuk)






I have adaughter

I have a daughter like a golden flower
I have a daughter, her name is Kleis
I won't give my beloved
Not for any beautiful land

I have a daughter like a golden flower
I have a daughter, her name is Kleis
In her beauty all my care
In her fragility all my love

I hide her at home, because her body is burning
Unknown lust for love
I lock her at home, because I know it's too early
She wants to know the sweetness of love
That to destruction leads

I lull my daughter tormented by a sweet passion desire
I chase the lusty dreams away
I snatch her from the lovers' arms
He to destruction leads

Sappho
(red. Jarek Kordaczuk)






How much time had passed

How much time had passed since I met you?
Then you seemed to me a little innocent girl

I was dressed in a long dress, a beautiful gift
And you were charmed by a girl,
That wasn't able to pull her dress up the ankle


How much time had passed since I saw you?
When you were a little innocent girl

You treated me harshly
And they were mocking me
And you were boasting about gaining love for the second time


So much time had gone since,
I met you?
Since an innocent girl
grabbed my soul (a liver)

You will die and be forgotten
no rose will adore you
you will roam
pale among the cold-eyed deadmen's herd


Sappho
(red. Jarek Kordaczuk)






And I want you

And I want you
And I am fading in my desire
And know my hands won't touch the sky
I covered myself with a delicate sheet
A somber dream had taken possession of eyes


Sappho
(red. Jarek Kordaczuk)






Oh Sappho

Oh Sappho! Or I will stop loving you
Show me yourself, stand up from a bed, straighten your prayed body
And throw these intrusive clothes from Chios away

Take a bath like a pure lily
Kleis should bring a cedarwood oil
The new sapphire dress and purple coat put on

While you'll be dressing
I'll plait the chaplets for your hair
hurry up, because your beauty bewilders me

Like the stars round the moon lose their light
Like the moon silvery shines over the earth.
Like my beauty fades away when I'm close to you

I'm ashamed to tell what I desire
You must know that I was praying for our night to be longer

Now, let the sunrays embrace your naked body
Show yourself, otherwise I'll stop loving you


Sappho
(red. Jarek Kordaczuk)






I love delight as well

I love delight as well
And this brightness
Similar to the love of the sun
My beauty is proper for me

Sappho
(red. Jarek Kordaczuk)






We sleepless girls

we sleepless girls
about great love sang
about your beloved
and her violet bosoms

we sleepless girls
about a great loneliness sang
and about all those lonelinesses
that will come

suffering doesn't fit us sleepless girs
so we hide
behind a cheerful or a hidden face

anger doesn't fit us sleepless girls
so we paint
a bright or a hidden look

we sleepless girls
are needed at sleepless nights
just like sleeples nights
are at no use at all

we sleepless girls
are needed on astray days
when your beloved is gone
with her violet bosoms


Sappho
(red. Jarek Kordaczuk)






it's good you came

it's good you came
I was dying for you
it's good you came
I was waiting so long
my heart trembles cheerfully
when my oldish body
dives in the delight of your caresses
and suddenly you light the fire in my heart


you drink the sweet nectar
of my thirsty lips
my hands are stroking your divine arms
my beloved

I know how weak is the thread
that weaves our existence
How impossible love
has just been fulfilled
and even though I love you
marry someone else
Because old am I
I won't bear the burden of life
so why do you kindle a fire in my heart
one more time


Sappho
(red. Jarek Kordaczuk)






believe me

believe me I'd like to die
despairing crying words full of sorrow
voice of dread gods
called you to the other side
don't forget me

but if you were to forget
I'll remind you myself
how many beautiful days we went through

how you enjoyed adorning your hair with
flowers that smells freshly
and chaplets of violets and roses

or on soft pillows
on a neat, tender bedding you lied
to quench girls' desire

with you my sweet beauty
is playing golden Aphrodite
girl with a sweet voice
more sonorous than lyre
more golden than gold 
whiter than milk
softer than water
more melodious than lyra
more haughty than horse
more florid than rose
hotter than fire
brighter than sun
more delicate than air
more fragrant than oils

you look so beautiful in this transparent blouse
you look so beautiful in these silky robes
in which Charon admires you

Will you love any of Gods more
out of them only Charon
won't let the hope rise
when you are covered with black soil
don't forget me

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