Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lesbia and her Sparrow


Anonymous Fresco from Herculanaeum
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My sweetest Lesbia, let us live and love;
And though the sager sort our deeds reprove,
Let us not weigh them. Heaven’s great lamps do dive
Into their west, and straight again revive,
But soon as once is set our little light,
Then must we sleep one ever-during night.

Gaius Valerius Catullus (ca. 60 BC)
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Lawrence Alma-TademaLesbia Weeping over a Sparrow (1866)
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Edward Poynter (ca. 1880)
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George William Joy (1896)
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'Great Love of a Roman Poet'
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