give me a break! (hellsthunder) wrote,
give me a break!
hellsthunder

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THIS SETS MY HEART
TO FLUTTERING IN MY BREAST,
FOR WHEN I LOOK ON YOU A MOMENT,
THEN CAN I 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 COLD SWEAT BATHES ME,
AND TREMBLING SEIZES ME ALL OVER,
AND I AM PALER THAN GRASS,
AND I FEEL NEAR TO DEATH.

~Sappho (6th Century B.C.)
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