Another lyric of Sappho, translated by Bret Carman.
Is your heart filled with disillusion at all things human – vanity of vanity, says the preacher (Ecclesiastes 1.2); the Bible, the Word of God, explores the same feelings of ultimate dissatisfaction with things fleeting and desired, as Sappho. But the Lord God is not fettered, as the Olympians were. His love leads, but also seeks out the lost sheep. As Sappho wants to believe, there is a place of safety, where every tear will be wiped away.
Let us pray that those in the depths of disillusion may find freedom in God’s love, and that we may be a light on their path, and be wise beyond words in our dealings with them.
Soul of sorrow, why this weeping?What immortal grief hath touched theeWith the poignancy of sadness,—Testament of tears?Have the high gods deigned to show theeDestiny, and disillusionFills thy heart at all things human,Fleeting and desired?Nay, the gods themselves are fetteredBy one law which links togetherTruth and nobleness and beauty,Man and stars and sea.And they only shall find freedomWho with courage rise and followWhere love leads beyond all peril,Wise beyond all words.
(from “Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics” by Bliss Carman)