AN EVENING BY THE FIRE
by: Pierre Louÿs (1870-1925)
- HE winter
is cold, Mnasidika. All is cold outside our bed. Rise, then,
come with me, for I have lit a great fire with dead twigs and
with split branches.
- We will warm ourselves kneeling, all naked, our hair hanging
upon our backs, and we will drink milk together from the same
cup, and we will eat cakes with honey.
- How gay and noisy is the flame! Art thou not too near? Thy
skin becomes red. Let me kiss it wherever the fire has made it
- In the midst of the firebrands I will heat the iron and will
dress thine hair here. With the charred splinters I will write
thy name upon the wall.
TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH BY:
HORACE M. BROWN
POEMS BY PIERRE LOUYS
"An Evening by the Fire"
is reprinted from Poetica Erotica. Ed. T.R. Smith. New
York: Crown Publishers, 1921.