Here you will find the Poem On what is best of poet Sappho

On what is best

Some celebrate the beauty
 of knights, or infantry, 
or billowing flotillas
 at battle on the sea.
Warfare has its glory, 
 but I place far above
these military splendors
 the one thing that you love.

For proof of this contention
 examine history: 
we all remember Helen, 
 who left her family, 
her child, and royal husband, 
 to take a stranger's hand: 
her beauty had no equal, 
 but bowed to love's command.

As love then is the power
 that none can disobey, 
so too my thoughts must follow
 my darling far away: 
the sparkle of her laughter
 would give me greater joy
than all the bronze-clad heroes