Πόλυ πάκτιδος ἀδυμελεστέρα, χρύσω χρυσοτέρα·
THINE elder that I am, thou must not cling
To me, nor mournful for my love entreat :
And yet, Alcaeus, as the sudden spring
Is love, yea, and to veiled Demetia sweet.
Sweeter than tone of harp, more gold than gold
Is thy young voice to me ; yet, ah, the pain
To learn I am beloved now I am old,
Who, in my youth, loved, as thou must, in vain.