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Moon and Stars

After Sappho, fragment 34
A crowd of stars is glorious on moonless nights,
but when the moon is full they’re shy, they shrink away.
So with the other girls when you appeared today:
your greater beauty overwhelmed their lesser lights.

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Sappho, Fragment 34

Ἄστερες μὲν ἀμφὶ κάλαν σελάνναν
ἂψ ἀπυκρύπτοισι φάεννον εἶδος,
ὄπποτα πλήθοισα μάλιστα λάμπῃ