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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Love’s Ferriage
By Agathias (c. 530–582)
The Greek Anthology
 
Translation of Alma Strettell

SINCE she was watched and could not kiss me closely,
    Divine Rhodanthe cast her maiden zone
From off her waist, and holding it thus loosely
    By the one end, she put a kiss thereon;
Then I—Love’s stream as through a channel taking—        5
    My lips upon the other end did press
And drew the kisses in, while ceaseless making,
    Thus from afar, reply to her caress.
So the sweet girdle did beguile our pain,
Being a ferry for our kisses twain.        10
 
 
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