Firm Ice: Three Fragments of Sophokles

By | 1 August 2021
Fragment of The Lovers of Achilles

This sickness is a

ἐφίμερον or ἐφήμερον
(‘desire-bound’) (‘day-bound’)

let me make a pretty good comparison.
When the

φανέντος or χυθέντος
(‘shining’) (‘scattering’)

frost appears
children will snatch firm ice in their hands—
at first the pleasure is novel,
but then there is a decision:
heart not willing to let it go,
ice not fit to stay in their hands.
So does the same desire
push and pull lovers
to act and not to act.

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