Plato: Love Asleep

WE reached the grove’s deep shadow and there found
Cythera’s son in sleep’s sweet fetters bound;
Looking like ruddy apples on their tree;
No quiver and no bended bow had he;
These were suspended on a leafy spray.
Himself in cups of roses cradled lay,
Smiling in sleep; while from their flight in air,
The brown bees to his soft lips made repair,
To ply their waxen task and leave their honey there.


Translation by Charles Neaves.

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