"If Death be Good"

Original Text: 
Bliss Carman, Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics (Boston: L. C. Page, 1903), p. 87. D-10 6569 Fisher Library (copy 78).
(Sappho LXXIV)
1If death be good,
2Why do the gods not die?
3If life be ill,
4Why do the gods still live?
5If love be naught,
6Why do the gods still love?
7If love be all,
8What should men do but love?
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.