> This should be from Sappho, according with my notes to the text.
> However, it recalls strongly to memory the verses of Dante, again, from
> Purgatory, VIII, 1-5. By the way, does anybody know the terms of the
> citation from Sappho?
Thanks Frederica for passing along the Dante that matches the TWL line.
I'm not sure what you mean exactly by the "terms of the citation" but
here is something I have at my website:
Except for one complete poem, only fragments survive of Sappho's poetry.
Here is what Sappho had to say about Hesperus, the evening star in a
poem fragment entitled You Are the Herdsman of the Evening:
Hesperus, thou bringest home all things bright morning scattered;
thou bringest the sheep, the goat, the child to the mother.
or in another translation:
Hesperus, you herd homeward whatever Dawn's light dispersed
You herd sheep--herd goats--herd children home to their mothers
Awhile ago I wrote that Hesperus may be an allusion to the evening star
in Whitman's "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed."