(said to have flourished in the late 7th and early 6th centuries BCE)

“‘She who shuns love soon will pursue it,
She who scorns gifts will send them still:
That girl will learn love, though she do it
Against her will.'”

  • From a poem fragment known variously as “Fragment 1,” or “Subtly bedizened Aphrodite,” or “The Justice [or Ode or Hymn] of Aphrodite in Sappho Fr. 1,” included in Sappho, Stung with Love: Poems and Fragments, translated and introduced by Aaron Poochigian. Penguin Classics, 2009.

Leave a Reply