Poems by Bion of Smyrna

Poems by Bion of Smyrna

Achilles and Deïdamia, by Bion of Smyrna

Will you, my Lycidas, now sing for me
A soothing sweet Sicilian mel...

Cleodamus and Myrson, by Bion of Smyrna

What sweet for you has Summer or the Spring,
What joy does Autu...

The Cruel Galatea, by Bion of Smyrna

I to the sandy shore and seaward slope
Will go, and try with murmured song to bend
The cruel G...

Eros and the Fowler, by Bion of Smyrna

Hunting the birds within a bosky grove,
A birder, yet a boy, saw winged Love
Perched on a bo...

Friendship, by Bion of Smyrna

Happy is love or friendship when returned--
The lovers whose pure flames have equal burned.

Lament for Adonis, by Bion of Smyrna

I and the Loves Adonis dead deplore;
The beautiful Adonis is indeed
Departed, parted from us....

Life to Be Enjoyed, by Bion of Smyrna

If sweet my songs, or these sufficient be
Which I have sung to give renown to me,
I know not;...

Look Within, by Bion of Smyrna

Yourself to artists always to betake,
And on yourself in nothing to rely
Is misbeseeming. Frie...

Love Resistless, by Bion of Smyrna

Bright Cypris! Goddess ever meek and mild,
Of mightiest Zeus and loveliest sea-nymph child,

The Muses, by Bion of Smyrna

May Love the Muses evermore invite,
The Muses bring me Love! And to requite
My passion may the...

On Hyacinthus, by Bion of Smyrna

Phoebus tried all his means, and thought of new,
Scarce knowing what he did in his distress;

The Power of Love, by Bion of Smyrna

The Muses fear not, but with heart-love true,
Affect wild Eros, and his steps pursue.
And if...

The Teacher Taught, by Bion of Smyrna

By me in my fresh prime did Cypris stand,
Leading the child Love in her lovely hand;
He kept ...

To the Evening Star, by Bion of Smyrna

Hesper! Sweet Aphrodite's golden light!
Hesper! Bright ornament of swarthy Night,
Inferior to ...