Preface

"A great while since, a long, long, time ago"

 

PREFACE

WHEN, more than a year ago, I wrote to a literary friend of my attempt to express in English verse the passionate pleasure Dr. Wharton's book had brought to me, he replied : "That is a delightfully audacious thought— the extension of Sappho's fragments nto lyrics.  I can scarcely conceive anything more audacious."

In simply truth all worship is not idolatry must be audacious ; for it involves the blissful apprehension of an ideal ; it means in the very phrase of Sappho—

Ἔγων δ’ἐμαύτᾳ
τοῦτο σύνοιδα·

Devoutly as the fiery-bosomed Greek turned in her anguish to Aphrodite, praying her to accomplish he heart's desires, I have turned to the one woman who has dared to speak unfalteringly of the fearful mastery of;love, and again and again the dumb prayer has risen from my heart—

 σὺ δ’αὔτα
σὐμμαχοσ ἔσσο.