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Aerden [userpic]
A Parting of Ways

I'm not sure who wrote this poem, but a friend of mine posted it in a mailing list for women who are interested in Roman culture. It's pretty neat.

Here, Cyprian, is my jeweled looking glass,
My final gift to bind my final vow:
I cannot see myself as I once was,
I will not see myself as I am now.

From "The Greek Anthology"

It's an epigram by Plato. There are a few versions, but here's one I found on this site:

I Laïs who laughed exultant over Greece, I who held that swarm of
young lovers in my porches, give my mirror to the Paphian; since such
as I am I will not see myself, and such as I was I cannot.