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A lover of the liberal arts, especially antiquity in its diverse forms, I am nonetheless wholly devoted to, utterly transformed by divine revelation. I seek to know the thought of the past, articulate my deepest longings aroused by the wise, and understand the uneasy relationship between reason and revelation; all for the sake of proper action and contemplation, both now and in the future.


Sappho - A Master Poetess


─ˆ─ˆ─ˆˆ─ˆ── 1,2,3;
─ˆˆ── 4.

Ποικιλόθρον’ άθανάτ’ Αφρόδιτα,
Παι Δίος δολόπλοκε, λίσσομαί σε,
Μη μ’ασαισι μηδ’όνίαισι δάμνα
Πότνια, θυμον,

Αλλα τθίδ’ ελθ’, αι ποτα κάτέρωτα
Τας εμας αθδας αίοισα πηλοι
Εκλυες, πάτρος δε δόμον λίποισα
Χρύσιον ηλθες

Αρμ’ θπασδύξαισα· κάλοι δέ σ’αγον
Ωκεες στρουθοι περι γας μελαίνας
Πύκνα δίννεντες πτέρ απ’ ςρνωοιθε-
Ρος δια μέσσω,

Αιψα δ’εξίκοντο· συ δ’, ω μάκαιρα,
Μειδιαίσαισ’ αθανάτω πρσσώπω
Ηρε’ οττι δηυτε πέπονθα κωττι
Δηυτε κάλημμι

Κωττι μοι μάλιστα θέλ γένεσθαι
Μαινόλα θύμω·τίνα δηυτε πείθω
αψ σ’αγαην ες υαν φιλότατα; Τίς σ’, ω
Ψάπφ’, αδικήει;

Και γαρ αι ψεύγει, ταχέως διώξει
Αι δε δωρα μη δέκεται, αλλα δωσει·
Αι δε μη φίλει, ταχέως φιλήσει
Τωυκ εθέλοισα.

Ελθε μοι και νθν, χαλέπαν δε λυσον
Εκ μέριμναν, οσσα δέ μοι τέλεσσαι
Θμος ιμέρρει, τέλεσον σθ δ’αθτα
Συμμαχος εσσο.


....Where did my sanity go?! Cursed penguins...

What a fine two weeks. I managed to pull myself together and write three papers and work hard. This next week is still somewhat of a challenge due to summer sickness, but all I have left is Seminar and Language, for I ended Lab and Math Thursday and Friday respectively. I look forward to only having one class on Monday though that means my Don Rag is at 1100 Monday morning; this causes me a bit of apprehension. Not as much as Olivia regularly engages in to be sure, but a little.

This next week will not be as difficult as last week; there are no difficult Seminar readings (well, the Poetics will be kind of difficult), just the Poetics and Sophocles' Philoctetes. Hardly the Metaphysics, right? Of course right. Furthermore, all we have for Greek on Wednesday is a page of Sappho - difficult Greek, I bet, but I'm going to translate it all over the weekend and be kick off the summer with an awesome finale to Greek.

However, though next week will be easier on me (no all nighters and I'll get to bed on time), I'm not going to slack off one bit - I'm habituating myself in terms of Sophomore Year. It's going to be hard and I'll also need to adjust to Annapolis, so habits of hard work and hard play need to be effected as soon as possible. Hopefully the summer will help with that, me being a wrangler and all. So no slacking off - wait until the end of the year, and then knock off with a good cigarette and head home with Kyle!

Keep up the good fight. I'll get my sanity back soon as I find those dratted penguins..