Greek Poetry Fragments - By Sappho
Deathless Aphrodite - Daughter of Zeus and maker of snares -
your florid throne, hear me!
lady, do not subdue my heart by anguish and pain
come to me as when before
heard my distant cry, and listened:
with your golden chariot yoked, your father's house
move beautiful sparrows swift with a whirling of wings
from heaven you came to this dark earth through middle air
so swiftly arrived.
you my goddess with your immortal lips smiling
ask what now afflicts me, why again
am calling and what now I with my restive heart
Whom now shall I beguile
To bring you to her love?
Who now injures you, Sappho?
For if she flees, soon shall she chase
And, rejecting gifts, soon shall she give.
If she does not love you, she shall do so soon
Whatsoever is her will.
to me now to end this consuming pain
what my heart desires to be brought:
Be yourself my ally in this fight.
-- Sappho's poem is a poem to Aphrodite, asking for her help. However, it does not mention what he wants her help for, that I can tell.
your [ lyre ] and sing for me
desire once again [ enhances ] your beauty:
dress excites, and I rejoice
I once doubted Aphrodite
now have asked that soon
You will be with me again ....
-- Although I have a hard time understanding this one, it sounds to me like a love poem. However, it does mention Aphrodite.
seizes my skin and turns my hair
black to white:
knees no longer bear me
I am unable to dance again
could I do? I am not ageless:
youth is gone.
Dawn, immortal goddess,
[ Tithonus ] to earth's end
age siezed him
the gift from his immortal lover ....
love delicate softness:
me, love has brought the brightness
--This one doesn't have as much to do with religion as the others, but it does very briefly mention Dawn, a goddess.