June 07, 2008
O RESONANT CICADA
The Cricket to the Cicada
(From a poem by Meleager, Greece, circa 100 B.C.)
O resonant cicada, drunk on dewy droplets.
You sing your rustic song that sounds in lonely places.
Perched with your saw-like limbs, high up among the leaves
You shrill forth the lyre's tune with your sun-darkened body.
But, dear friend, sound forth something new for the woodland nymphs,
A divertissement, chirping a tune for
Pan as the song which you sing in your turn,
So that I, escaping from Eros, can catch some noon-time sleep
While reclining there under the shady plane tree.
Translated by Rory B. Egan, University of Manitoba