How could anyone not gorge always
Cyprian goddess, whomever you should love
and fervidly wish to call back to you?
You have …
Having summoned me idly you cut
How could one indeed not repeatedly feel
Queen Kypris, over whomever one really
wanted to make one’s own?
Two translations of the Kypris Poem, the second new text attributed to Sappho. The first is by Thomas H. Buck and Katy Waldman, the second is by Dr. Obbink, who is currently heading the research into the discovered papyrus.
The Cyprian goddess (or “Queen Kypris”) is a title of Aphrodite, goddess of love. These new texts show how different translations can emerge, influenced by both intent and the developing context of the poems.