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POETRY: Sparta by Angelos Sikelianos

"A long time now I've lain in wait for you;
my eye singled you out from all the others
as though you lived among them like a star;
your grace and beauty gratify my heart.

Listen--let me grip your hand firmly:
youth is tamed that way, like a stallion--
for a single night, in my own bed,
you will be a partner to my wife!

Go. She is slim-waisted, a woman
pledged to beauty as tall Helen was.
Go, fill her with your generous seed.

Take her in your powerful embrace
for one night only, and in Sparta's eyes,
through a worthy son, exalt my dry old age."

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