Sophocles, Unattributed Fragment (S.180)

Pablo Picasso, Ulysses and sirens, 1946

Pablo Picasso, Ulysses and sirens, 1946

 

My fate is always revolving
on the fast-moving wheel of the goddess
changing its nature
just as the appearance of the moon
cannot remain for two nights in the same shape
but first emerges from obscurity as new
making its face more beautiful
coming to fullness
when it is at its loveliest
it dissolves once more
and comes to nothing

Sophocles, Unattributed Fragment (S.180)