before the pyre
Why should the sea be fat With my drowned friends? Why oil the knees of the gods? Why, why should Hephaistos The Fire dance his dance On this splendid face And feast on these runner’s legs Poseidon the Water has stilled? To the ecstatic fire we give to eat This fine body wrapped in white, Pleasure once of glad women, Companion once of Ares, War. _____ Archilochos, fragment 129,...