Ode to Aphrodite is one of the few complete poems by the poet Sappho. In it she pleads with the Goddess Aphrodite to help her pursue a love interest. This fragrance is an homage to that poem and to the desire to have divine intervention in matters of the heart.
oakmoss, sandalwood, sage, citrus, Possets’ synthetic ambergris accord.
Ode to Aphrodite
- Iridescent-throned Aphrodite, deathless
- Child of Zeus, wile-weaver, I now implore you,
- Don’t–I beg you, Lady–with pains and torments
- Crush down my spirit,
- But before if ever you’ve heard my pleadings
- Then return, as once when you left your father’s
- Golden house; you yoked to your shining car your
- Wing-whirring sparrows;
- Skimming down the paths of the sky’s bright ether
- On they brought you over the earth’s black bosom,
- Swiftly–then you stood with a sudden brilliance,
- Goddess, before me;
- Deathless face alight with your smile, you asked me
- What I suffered, who was my cause of anguish,
- What would ease the pain of my frantic mind, and
- Why had I called you
- To my side: “And whom should Persuasion summon
- Here, to soothe the sting of your passion this time?
- Who is now abusing you, Sappho? Who is
- Treating you cruelly?
- Now she runs away, but she’ll soon pursue you;
- Gifts she now rejects–soon enough she’ll give them;
- Now she doesn’t love you, but soon her heart will
- Burn, though unwilling.”
- Come to me once more, and abate my torment;
- Take the bitter care from my mind, and give me
- All I long for; Lady, in all my battles
- Fight as my comrade.