O Love, o bitter, mortal journeying

    [Insert Greek] -Alcman

    O LOVE, o bitter, mortal journeying 
    By ways that are not told ! 
    I would not sing, no song is sweet to me 
    Now thou art gone : 

    But would, ah would I were the halcyon, 
    That sea-blue bird of spring, 
    So should I bring 
    Fair sister-companies of fleetest wing 
    To bear thee on. 
    Thou being old, 
    With an untroubled heart to carry thee 
    Safe o'er the ridges of the wearying sea.