How soon will all my lovely days be
     over,
And I no more be found beneath the sun,
Neither beside the many-murmuring sea,
Nor where the plain winds whisper to the reeds,
Nor in the tall beech-woods among the hills
Where roam the bright-lipped oreads, nor
     along
The pasture sides where berry-pickers stray
And harmless shepherds pipe their sheep to
     fold!

For I am eager, and the flame of life
Burns quickly in the fragil lamp of clay
Passion and love and longing and hot tears
Consume this mortal Sappho, and too soon
A great wind from the dark will blow upon me,
And I be no more found in the fair world,
For all the search of the revolving moon
And patient shine of everlasting stars.
 

Sappho