8. Neoboule

Series Title
Archilochos Suite
Michael Ayrton (British, 1921 – 1975)
Plate : 11 3/4 x 10 in. (29.85 x 25.4 cm)
Sheet : 18 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (46.36 x 38.74 cm)
Mat : 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection, Gift of Jacob E. and Leona M. Nyenhuis
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The poetic verses by Archilchos translated by Michael Ayrton and selected by him to accompany this image:

She rejoiced in myrtle and the fair flower of the rose

and her hair poured shadow down her shoulders and her back.

Neoboulé, would I could touch her hand…

…and fall, a laborer to his flask, attach
belly to belly, flank to flank.

…for such a passion of lust coiled under my heart,
and poured a dense mist over my eyes,
stealing the fragile senses out of my breast…

In desolation I lie fainting with desire,
wracked by the will of the gods,
harsh pains piercing my bones.

Such was the elder daughter of Lykambes…

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