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Translated into English Verse h SYDNEY OSWALD PRIVATELY ISSUED 1914 .THE GREEK ANTHOLOGY EPIGRAMS FROM ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA XII.
the might this sad world shall never know . These ancient songs retold in halting rhyme. the very sight Of thy dear face shall charm their scorn away. Of our grand love so let it hidden stay. Graved in my heart . guessed not the present fate Of love sublime.To little book to thee I dedicate. The Greeks who sang them in the olden time When Eros reigned. 2026815 . mistrust and scornful hate. Here For in this book I will not write thy name. and though men deem it shame That thou and I should love. and it shall be no crime call thee friend offriends and my y sou/ s mate. and let us seek a clime Where men To be pure. O come my Sweet.
thanks are due to Mr. . to J. W.' SYDNEY OSWALD. John Ellingham.PREFACE TVTY made his without whose aid these translations . I could not have and to Mr. 'Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology. Mackail for permission use titles from book. London. 1914.
16 Peerless Beauty (106) . . .11 Graphicos (15) Diodorus (9) Finis (258) .. . . 13 13 MELEAGER... To Cyrus (215) To Prometheus . 16 17 4 4 5 Give and Take (204) . . O Ox-engendered Bee (249) The First Kiss (177) . 22 22 23 .. . .. of Love (196) (208) . Love's Constancy (178). . . 3 3 The Lucky Master Love's (254) . ... ToTheocles(i8i) The Bloom of Youth (195) . . The Complaisant Boy Chaste Kisses (153) (184) . Way (203) . . . 27 28 Summer Noon (127) .CONTENTS [The numbers in parentheses refer to the numbers in the Creek Anthology.. To Menippns (176) . STRATO. 8 8 Fascination (227) .. . ..12 ..21 21 . 19 6 6 7 Auburn Locks (244) The Portrait (190) . . . . 15 Aristogorus (122) Envious Time (251) . . . . 5 Coal-black Eyes (5) .. 9 9 IO 10 Not Art.. . 20 20 .. .23 23 The Garland Weaver (8) The Tell-tale Heart (179) .. Th Garland of Kypris (256) . . .. but Nature (192) Jealous Master (175) .. (250) 20 My Advocate Ganymede The (221) ..... . O Greedy One (237) 7 Omnes(i98) Drunken Vows ..} STRATO. Withered Blossoms (234) Phaedon (21) (207) The Bather The Eyes .19 19 . . . Love's Prisoner (132) 14 14 15 Antiochus (133) . . Hoarded Beauty Retribution (188) (235) . .. To Daphnis Laudamus (182) (189) Inconstancy (225) Supplication to Zeus (230) Love's Immortality (248) . . .11 ...17 18 18 . .. ..29 30 31 31 . . To To Philocrates (16) . The Scornful Lover (186) . Constancy (10) . . .. (220) . .
. Laurel and Hyacinth (128) .. . 39 61 40 .... Love's Light The Boxer (123) Eros in Bonds (113) 48 48 Doubt (124) The Harbinger of 111 (137) . To The Fervent Lover (52) The New Love (54) The Flower of Cos (56). 73 73 .49 . The The The Vision (125) . The Crown (257) . Love's Guardians (157) . . .. . . . .. 44 45 45 Kypris (89) Sweet Fate (99) . . A God or Stone (151) . (1 16) Eros and Zoilus (76) Beauty Snared (92) .35 . Heraclitus and Diodorus (63) The Shield Invincible (i 15). 69 70 The Meed of Kypris (164) . . Kindly Fate (140) Despair (145) .... Captive Eros (144). 42 43 43 44 Dionysus (67) The Guilt The Echo of Love (19 bis) (43). .... Zeus the Robber (66) .. .. 63 63 64 64 65 65 66 The Inconstant Lover (87) Relentless Passion (48) . Beware (79) . The Sun among the Stars (57) . . 3* UNCERTAIN. 52 . 67 67 68 68 69 . . .. Love's Gift to Death (74) . .. . Dionysus (81) Little . Nemesis (141) The Price of Love (154) . . The Loadstar (159) ... The Reveller (117)... The Scornful Beloved (158) (47) .. .. 56 57 Torch (82) .... White and Black ( 165) Theron (60) . . . All or Nothing (107) .. 52 53 54 55 55 An Ash in the Fire (72) .. . . In Friendship's Name The Choice (86) . Antiochus and Eros (78) . . ... ^2 72 The Shipwrecked Lover (1 67) . 66 66 46 46 47 47 Eros the Captive (112) .. 50 50 51 51 .. .71 . MELEAGER.. . 37 Billows of Kypris (84) (85) .. the Betrayer (119). . Beautiful Aribazos (62) The Wound Love (126) . . 34 34 Love Unassuaged (80) . . .. . . Magnetic Heraclitus (152) Friendship or Hate (156) To Adrastia (160) . For Me Alone (no) of 40 4l 42 Hidden Beauty Doritheos (66) (40) . .36 . .. ... . .CONTENTS MELEAGER.. . 62 62 Bacchus.. Love and Hate (102) ..61 . . . .. 49 Ye Dositheus (130) Chattering Birds (136) . 32 33 33 Doubt (70) . .. Unrequited Love (19) Mortality (39) . . . . . . 32 Caridanos (68) Love the Gambler . . ..
74 74 Love and Hate (172) . .... 81 82 82 Plighted Troth (170) .. Demophilus (14) Libations to Love ( 1 68) .. 88 CALLIMACHUS. ... TheCharmsofMenecrates(38) 92 The Rival of Ganymede To Zephyr (171) . A Prayer (64) EVEN US.CONTENTS ALCEUS. 92 . Young Love (105) . Two Loves (91) 78 78 . 90 90 91 91 DIOSCORIDES. Youth and Time (36) The Burden of Youth Fleeting . .... Protarchus (29) ... Empedocles (58) Evanescence of Youth . . Swift Nemesis (12) ASCLEPIADES. The Autumn Bower 87 Forgiveness of Eros (133) Dorcian (101) Despair (166) .. . of Time (32) 89 Mnndum 79 79 80 Wine and Wisdom Mistrust (139) 18) .. (57) (1 . .. 84 FLACCUS.81 (37) RHIANUS... Contra PHYMOCLES... . Periander (20) Day (50) Love's Double (75). POSIDIPPUS. .. ... . . . 83 In the Field Path (121) . Love's Sympathy (134) . .. . . . 80 The Archer (45) The Love-sick Poet (98) Love and Wine (120) . 93 94 Three Lovers (169). 86 MNASALCAS. 75 76 76 77 77 . . (138) . POLYSTRATUS... . . The Bird . 85 75 JULIUS LEONIDES. (93) ... .. (46) ... .. .
First Kiss. in truth real. Will'st thou not cease this buzzing voice of thine? Strive not to cull with blossom-circling feet My Lest boy's unsullied skin hive.STRATO. ^^ OX-ENGENDERED from out what place And Didst thou descry this honeyed boy of mine. The A T My even. But if he kissed my lips. cannot swear. . hour drew nigh in when kissed tell the at which we I say farewell. should sting. earnest flying o'er his tender face. can wander / . Moeris my . But if the kiss divine were I then this indeed know. dream or truth cannot All else he said and asked. fly thou above Unto thy I thy honey-boys to greet. bee. earth My joyous soul no more on to and fro. lips. all else to I me is clear. who bear the sting of love. O S~\ Ox-engendered Bee.
To THEOCLES. Above them Niceses blooms alone. The bloom of youth from off it fades. A rose that shines 'mid petals smelling sweet let By him then the naked truth be known. .ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. times ten leap round thy peerless face. and whose charms. . For five Theocles. Bacchus. it is not truth they at tell That Graces three Athemenos dwell. noble boys thou. though Zephyr o'er them So many In all clusters of fair blossoms show As the crowded splendour of the spring. Stealing the souls of others with their grace. behold lovely Graces with their hands did mould. fields. seest now . Like as the blossom dies o'ercome by heat So when the hair his cheek invades. The Bloom of Youth. ! The Boys born of Kypris. . all. the sing.
ere long Kisses from others thou thyself shalt claim. short indeed the day . the roses reign awhile. alike shall time defile.STRATO To TJIDE Our hearts to Philocrates. petals dead are thrown. . Withered Blossoms. "DOAST In not in beauty. not thy love. when And on the heap their Though beauty and The bloom of both lo ! they fade away. So give thy kisses liberally . which the roses bloom scarce have they known The sun's caress. fair boy! crush. our The god human is hearts strong to maim.
. let us feel. who . The f)UT And yesterday.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. stept. Bather. fairer The Thrice and gave sprang from out the wave. And talk unmeaning things? Indeed. Ida. e'en would Diocles have seemed. seek to hide the kiss in secret ta'en. years agone. who from the ocean leapt. 'tis strange We yoke delay unto delay again. Why waste your youth in doubting ? Ere we know. To 'TWILL when And Phaedon. Old age upon us craftily shall steal Let our frail bodies once with passion glow. when from the bath he Young Diocles his wondrous limbs laid bare. shall we but furtive looks exchange. ! he did appear standing naked. 'twixt goddesses. On It when Paris deemed meet to judge prize to her. Have done with words. O Phsedon. lo Fairer than she.
shall E'en though the sun of youth wane. To So look thee in the face I cannot claim. / "T-V HY Or eyes are sparks. To me sole light he'll e'er remain. that send forth O flame .STRATO. When still 'mongst the youths first Thendis came. rather rays. thick the hair Though upon his cheek. And drives the stars from out the skies. god-like made. My And very soul was turned to flame. . Lord. The Eyes of Love. Lycines. I burn and Thendis seek. Love's Constancy. fierce a fire thy eyes have on me played. T IKE when the burning sun doth rise.
Ofttimes beneath his tunic shalt thou gaze Upon his And talk Then oft charms. 8 . but let not fall The serving-boy. My /~\ Advocate. mounting the take care air divine out thy plumaged wings . . aloft the boy. and having ta'en If after reading thee. "DEAR Spread thou . and upwards speed Mount swift. . upon his breast. and shall caress Thee with his dainty lips. who bears wine. press Thee 'neath his cloak. some boy shall Thy pages to his cheeks. with him in I private and loud pray thee sing my praise. O joyous one.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. Ganymede. Zeus the precious Let not thy crooked talons sear his flesh take heed And bear him safe. the dainty to Ganymede. . thy happy leaves shall rest Pillowed. and all their wonders constantly see. I'll LUCKY little count it gain. for Zeus will suffer if he bleed. book.
from us. these are men's deeds. then share it while you may. forsooth. doth abide. go needs must love and drink and Tantalus . why fear to give away That which you ever keep. Hoarded Beauty. keep not fair serving-boys. .STRATO. the other sees but night. can but look. your friends shall AH! " be not jealous when gaze Upon thy youthful slaves in rapt amaze. blind Tiresias to thy feasts invite. Or else. untarnished by decay? if it The Jealous Master. TF And brauty can grow old. What man is proof when Love his craft employs ? And who 'gainst wine ? With greed all gaze upon Fair An And One if youths thou Who O Diophon. I will'st pray thee .
And dire shall be the sorrow and the pain. Retribution. The '"TTMLL when brow. greatest and last of ills. The 10 . wilt thou preserve the scornful Nor greetings. Scornful Lover. Mentor. TF my And Then If fond love insult is sinful deemed by you. those that seek thee give but scorn again ? Dost think thou wilt for ever young remain ? To Or for all time. I justly were punished you should love me too. When thou shall seek and yet no lover gain. unto friends allow. ? Thou'lt dance the Pyrrhic dance of war Behold the end Thy cup of trouble fills ! ! beard will come.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. e'en as of yore.
But 'cause thou mad'st Jove's clay degenerate. the trouble. To The Not Prometheus. this is Cyrus. To Next Summer's Cyrus. tresses thou shalt wear. art dressed thou as Spring most fair. I r\ ILL-ADVISED expound secret of thy ever-fearful fate. through the envious hair. 'cause thou stolest fire thy limbs are bound. ii . E'en boyish limbs thou. take heed. ruthless. hairy made . Therefore Jove's eagle with his beak hath seared Thy flesh (that eagle which And Ganymede bore upwards Hateful to Jove himself is great Jove obeyed air).STRATO. Prometheus. In making man thou didst add needless beard. When Autumn comes thou'lt but be stubble.
' * As pretext garlands from the boy I bought. leaving him. I pray you go.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. PASSING A boy Such chance the flower-stalls there did intent I I perceive let upon a wreath to weave. my house I lonely sought Where round the gods did I the garlands twine . 12 . ' For how much you sell me your crown ? Redder than rose he blushed. Then. The Garland Weaver. and looking down. With fervent prayers the boy might soon be mine. In sweet affright. not slip. he made me answer low. but by him stayed. I And ' whispering soft will to him to offer made. Before my Father see.
I mine Late thou it be. . May Such fortune 'twere no gain to hide. Daphnis. But now my heedless heart above doth soar Exulting in the air. all he gave. gave thee love. when yet. would I e'en in thought. O Son of Cronos.STRATO. O art thou in any wise. The Of Tell-tale Heart. refused the prize. Now have I told it far and wide. "TA HY kisses naught the Jove which burned With fiery flame is alJ to ashes turned. I cannot but relent. avail. he forgive when I for pardon crave. since once his To / Daphnis. and doth reveal it My O Father wondrous fortune. lo! to thee I swore. should'st thou e'er repent. No But friend of Who. Zeus. that great joy which one jot reveal Thendis let me steal. which should conceal.
and now if Return not swift and end Alone upon this misery. striving relief to gain that distress. TTT'HAT man Thy with rosy garlands clad tender form and crowned my lad A lover? great indeed his prize.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. father? then he too hath eyes. . A LL Of From Alway through the night with rain my eyes have streamed ceaseless tears. he Set out for Ephesus. leaving For yesterday my me. which thralls since my sleepless brain my dear comrade went away. my couch I cannot stay. Thy Inconstancy. Laudamus. lover.
left Who never for a day hath my sight ? He. who but yesterday was my delight. Against our love will e'en forbear to . if I love to-day. Immortal Zeus. once love you knew I : say no more. Supplication to Zeus. LJOW I shall I know if my love lose his youth. then love him too. by the fair-haired Ganymede. there is no need. And needs must love to-day if love be truth. TF I fair Theocritus should turn Black eyes on me ablaze with hate. Aye. to-morrow's light fight. pray thee that thy soul may burn With rage no mortal can abate. Love's Immortality.STRATO. Should he love me.
) Friends. not Ganymede alone. give me all . for soon love's prime is past . culled by friendship And all For thou wast the joys of Jove save one we had. Envious Time. Dephilus. For greater far than mighty Zeus would he be named If all. and which of them are No man. The Lucky Master. my eyes are dazzled with Then which free ? are slaves. Beware of envious time. a mortal claimed. whence comes this army beaming bright Of Loves? (O the sight. /"\F old. still. Yea. our childish kisses. now in thy beauty's prime Thou hold'st Jove's gifts. in truth. of all can master be. lips did taste Of pleasant chaste. But now I pray thee give me all thou hast In thy soul's shrine . T^ROM out what shrine. 16 . but a lad.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. methinks.
thou when approach from thee depart. In spite of thee thou art my soul's delight . Love's Way. and juicy figs the fungi foul to bind What O givest thou. OLD take for ' bronze ' now say. The beautiful Sociades Doth play with hairy Diodes. and what return dost find. and ' Give and . .STRATO. own self's '"T^HOU Easy art I lovest me I in thy despite . difficult When how thou art. For thus indeed thoughtless one? Did Glaucus give to Diomede. Who would of roses and of brambles make strive ? A To With crown? And with the ox contrive yoke the sucking lamb. Give and Take.
Constancy. so sad. The limbs. which once were fair. will'st Thou gathered round And now with downcast head thou not greet . Are dark. So great thy beauty. hast'ning by with tunic round thy tunic formerly thy knee. I take no heed and still thy favour seek. To JY/TENIPPUS. though I've said naught amiss I know then what thou hid'st. why Thee That Menippus. o'ergrown with hair.AKTHOLOGIA PALATINA. why do I meet feet. 18 . though thy beard doth grow. Thy former friend. and lo! 'tis this. npHOUGH the first down of youth thy face doth show In dainty yellow curls upon thy cheek.
Coal-black Eyes. he who painted thee. '9 might . nor on the dark I frown : do not shun. which took great. dote on the honey-brown.STRATO. T LOVE Hazel I the blond. see Straightway I'm melted utterly. Auburn Locks. A But if Honey-Brown an Auburn Boy sets I me ablaze. the impression of such beauty Would that the boring of a wood-worm at last I might be feast So coiling through the wood. T'M lost if on a Blond I gaze. I Auburn like. on thee. but most I prize The boys that flash on me with coal-black eyes. The 'T~S HRICE happy fortunate Portrait. and The wax.
Fascination. know the where. and e'en the price. And For I all I I believed : protest is no more hid : . the how. Greedy One. charms discover. when While I I . a lovely boy I meet am strolling is down he. O A LL To hail. "\T7HEN Of In all I judging beauty none all I is first. the street.' . pass I him by since fair turn again immediately. since thou dost feign hate all knavery. and not to seek for gain ! 'No pay I ask. the whom. 20 .AKTHOLOGIA PALATINA. Though some have and some have that. know nothing let this suffice. Omnes. One ! O greedy All hail. thou said'st before. am the lover this .
now am I loath disappoint the boy as if my oath wine-bred fancy were indeed the growth. I deem Effeminate.STRATO. him with kisses twain . Not Art. but Nature. in truth. I came before the door Aristocidus. His lamb-like and unto him gifts. Drunken Vows. art alone they show. The too bewitching forms. and there I saw son. on pleasure bent. . and unattractive seem. all oiled from head to feet. my dinner o'er. The grime of some palaestra wrestling boy And shiny skin. Of Like to a wolf. To me is beauty unadorned most sweet. grime doth bring me joy. 21 . ID Y night. brushed and T^AIR hair much No power to But lo! the dusty many ringlets know please me. I swore To To To Of give him many and plighted troth .
Heliodore.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. TT7HAT joy O smack . in kisses. when thou full givest back. with lips smack for But when thou givest kisses furtively it Upon As if the mouth tight-closed. But than a Chaste Kisses. river vast his haste will seem. glance upon ' cry. guile /~\H! trouble not Menedemos by To win. Lead 1 on. 22 . . But swift he'll overtake : Lo ! swifter far. but give him but a With wand'ring eye but throw a The boy then without shame he'll Then no delay he'll make. The Complaisant Boy. passing smile. apart from thee. not than a tiny stream. seems to be thy waxen image gave to me Chaste kisses in my house.
when wood thy charms can feel. the boards from thee did steal A kiss . art thou fair. Graphicos. Finis. shall That will Whene'er some god Caught in hold me Love's restless sway. how fierce my love. . Hearing my songs That these were all the I will say gave away. Graphicos. Diodorus. 'tis you boy-lovers write alway. thee we'll not depart. And From ripe for love thou art. Diodorus. E'en should'st thou wed a woman. bathing.STRATO. pERCHANCE Of But love for I some coming verses after.
MELEAGER. Behold thy both flame and icy snow. in the O lime-twig's snare. poor lover. and when he sprinkled thee with perfumes culled by pain. O luckless Soul.' Now thee snare has Why Thy Thee dost thou vainly gasp in bonds? has Since Love bound set wings and he found faint. thy heart on fire. if thou fly near the again. Beware !' wilt be caught. (By Kypris this I swear) Did I not cry aloud? ta'en. 27 . thou burnest now with and fiery pain . And unto thee athirst gave bitter tears to drain. Love's Prisoner. And now thou again. Soul. dost revive drawest breath Why Was weepest thou? pitiless Didst thou not know wan that that false Love. T^\ID ' I Thou ' not cry aloud to thee. who breeds but ? distress Within the soul that nurtures him not Didst thou know? foster-hire.
And on his tender lips did sate Desire. bears thee nectar in thy need? kisses blushes call when my fair From Most sweet Antiochus whom all amongst the youths extol. dost thou not feed thirsty lips Thy on Ganymede. my thirst to slake my Love a kiss to take. then bear the pain . Who So. soul. O Father Zeus. Tis sweetest honey of the 28 . and parching thirst abate. TN I summer called heat. Antiochus. Thou wouldst it so .ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. now art thou doomed To take thy labour's wage by honey fierce con- sumed.
But those While In these.MELEAGER. Within the soul doth but inspire fire. For me but greater labour makes . Alexis walking . in zest. Summer Noon. In beauty's shape a breathing 29 . The rays of love from that boy's eyes. as its ripe tresses 'long the first I way spied hied. Then the twin rays of fire and love Were poured upon me from above. Sleep. dreams but greater grow Yea. who toil from others takes. I Of At noon. in fond night has put to rest. The rays of heat from out the skies. 'IITT'HEN summer first the golden corn scarce had shorn. phantom form now drest.
Andiades did he add. these boys all Since. all /^ATHERING ^ that be. thrice blessed mayst thou grove. . there he set Asclepiades breathed an odorous violet. Myiscus of the girlish locks a bunch of olive made. the garland A saffron crocus lad. bunch of mountain-thyme. O holy be. Theron blazed.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. The Garden of Kypris. for thee. the flame-haired And. Venus. the bloom of the fairest boys Love wove this varied crown. close-clinging vine. . graced . next he While Dion's form. While all the charms of Aretas as foliage round he laid . A lily sweet. Heraclitus placed. like a fragrant flower in thee. Isle of Tyre. Like rose amid the thorns. Diodorus.
now. And all When sweet and seemeth right silent he.MELEAGER. my loving eyes can see Myiscus. A RISTOGORUS. it seems. to others I am blind . So now this boy his darts hath skill To hurl alar. And went lo ! Ye Graces spied. Peerless Beauty. is he says Let not his path be mine. E And In all is boy alone in all the world for me. and your hands plied The lad with fond embraces . use. His very form must cast forth fiery gleams . . with love afire. Then can it be my eyes. only one he. and wound at will. frail to greet him. my all. 'tis no For e'en as on Olympus mighty Zeus. Yea. Can flatter him who is my soul's desire. I love constantly. . Aristogorus. Nay. his eyes cry out delight. He the other youths no charms I find.
The who bade Scornful Beloved. 3* . to this land I came. ! And with his reins unbreakable rny heart did tame. Time cannot soften thee. naked stranger.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. good let my sober worth acclaim. queen of love. But thou unto thy lover scornful doth remain . Lord. Me My worship thee . Nemesis hath made. CTILL in his mother's lap. life With in morning light. Would that it were my lot such constant love to gain. From thee must issue forth the breath That bears me or life or death. a little child at play dice. Kypris. 'twas THEOCLES. and lo soft-sandalled Eros made bed when. Alway my comrades Be gracious. though when they speak my name. For thee my god for cruel gracious words be said. Love the Gambler. Love played my away.
1 /^LEOBOLUS. An Ash in the Fire.' 33 . For Heraclitus passed to-day. Before 'neath the earth you lay. prithee For I lies. avails that I remain of boys I lie. rise. CWEET And Dawn appeared in vesture grey. (For what Since in the fire when I shall die. Scarce can his breath within him stay.MELEAGER. in the While Damis sleepless doorway lay. Beneath the splendour of his eyes As wax upon the fire he Unhappy Damis. swooned his life away. cleft And my heart for pity cries. shed tears amid thy sighs. A brand unto the ashes ta'en. it pray. And * write he saith.) I My urn with wine make drunk. gift to Love's Death. 'Love's Gift to Death.
in Enkindled thy heart the what has again wound of Love. 34 . by Zeus. TF Eros 'stead of wings a clamys wore And on his back no bow or quiver bore. But had a petasus. Love Unassuaged.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. fire that glows 'neath ashes strewn above. O lad. For soon. forgetter As sure as love thy soul in flight shall see. be ta'en Which By time assuaged? Do not. but the dainty lad himself I deem Antiochus would rosy Eros seem And Eros be Antiochus. let O headstrong one. /^\ SOUL that weepeth sore. Aye. what died down remain. Antiochus and Eros. of thy pain. Upon His the runaway he swift will rain tortures and consume thee utterly.
in Vision. grace. by night. Now And ever must I seek him and desire fire. the empty air my hopes denied. no more your dreams he'll face. The clamys still. Fills all the night-time with a burning that Since. The ROS. To me. Cease then to seek the laughing phantom 35 .MELEAGER. luckless soul. winged phantom in my dreams I chase. a dainty laughing lad. and laid him by my side When his fair form within my arms I tried To clasp. happy dreamland bore who wore .
ANTHOLOGIA PALAT1NA. S~\ LOVE. And quench this fire before its fury plays Amid my inmost shrine yea. Dionysus. Cold streams from snow scarce melted For I on Dionysus dared to gaze fellow-slaves. yet. pray ye bring : .SICK ones. bring me ease While life is whole within me yet. ye soul-beguilers fire all. Who And ye who To pour me from the of boys still ceaseless smart. me peace. taste the icy water honey sharp. I . Then. I call round my heart.
The T OVE And Little Torch. 37 . but with his hand He wounded me. the little torch My very soul has power to scorch. Flamed up and spread which growing fast all over me. I to escape in vain tried. and in me cast A scratch of fire. For he my hiding-place had spied lit in the ashes a brand : Not bending bow. An evil light has shone from thee.MELEAGER. And Phormion.
salt sea. he came. O men! bore come ashore. On land know On Kypris' billows helpless thrown. And flashes I from his eyes a fiery flame : follow : him above with ardent lips I Into the sky chase That sweetly moulded form and dainty face. Scarce had I TTELP me. Though I I escaped from out the sharp a sharper misery. Until my lips his kiss have known. . to see. Eros seized me and my footsteps the sea of love. in guise of boy. The When Unto Most fair Billows of Kypris.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA.
Filled not with wine. Who though the sea and pirates did escape. me ere I perish utterly. helpless cry. suppliant for friendship. In Friendship's Name. receive one from the deep. And thus revel make. ye strangers. then give help for in friendship's sake : Help me. And lead me on for ever drawing near I To that fair boy. Has swift been lost on land. Receive kind Eros' name. r\ WINE-BIBBERS.MELEAGER. when lo a dainty shape And beauteous face I saw along the way And violent Eros chased and dragged me here. 39 . ! : Against my will my feet the tyrant play. strangers. but burning with love's flame. Scarce did I leap From off the ship. O I.
herself. dainty lad. from his eyes flames of love abroad he casts as fire . T O ! The Beauty flashed forth sweetly . Then which Lo! seek I ? The mother ? she. then. Myiscus fed with quenchless fire. taught the boy to win the prize Hail. For Me Alone. declares the lad has I won. The T O ! Choice. Shine forth. or the son With Bids love for maids me the love of youths enjoy. desire Has Eros Of To love with thunderbolts? mortals bringing beams that dazzle sight. Henceforth seek the daring boy. Which burns for me alone with friendly light.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. Kypris all my makes mad but Eros. 40 . heart .
Bacchus, the Betrayer.
Thy own audacity I'll wear god, who hearts of men doth lead,
Lead on, and monstrous
Since at the birth thou
Thou lov'st the fire that bears Love's name, And having bound my heart again Thou leadest me, thy captive ta'en.
takest care a veil to shed
So that thy orgies none may know, But mine thou choosest all to show.
burning Eros finger-tips but laid heart ; and half in jest he said,
love-sick one, by honey strong devoured.'
Since Diophantes, flower of youths, has fired
heart afresh, and scorching love inspired,
nor yet remain.
as skipper stand,
soul doth Eros take
employs ; storm and ceaseless blow,
how The sea
kinds of boys.
For Heliodorus, an
your rain of darts, that have
To wound my
helpless soul shall kill,
upon the tomb above,
Stranger, behold the murd'rous guilt of Love.'
the Cyclic poems, nor, boy, common road can bring me joy, That road which hither thither all has borne ;
hate a fickle
nor water drawn
well can quench
my burning thirst hold accurst.
Lysanius, thou'rt fair beyond thy brothers, Scarce said this, Echo answers he's another's).
O would Placed on And were a dolphin . know is : how heavy too thou art I know thy fiery dart : : But should'st thou hurl thy firebrands once again. LOVE-SICK Bears half one. TO! To bear I am down . fair home of youth. Relentless Passion. O savage god. my wind blowing fair Andragathus. Yea. Thrice lucky ship and fourfold blessed That wafts my lad across the happy sea.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. air. My soul spent ashes alone remain. gain the isle of Rhodes. The Fervent /"\ Lover. so in truth shoulders he might cross the sea. the south soul. from me . by the gods. I my . then tread With I ruthless feet upon my neck and head.
behold then Love divine A In his own beauteous image did design A May breathing statue. T HAT S she bore Love the Cyprian denied. the all That One on have control of Other up above the charms of love . Surely this boy within your hearts doth fire : fresh desire O A stronger love than Eros doth inspire. Praxiteles. Cherish the kindred longing for this youth. ye must. When 'mongst the youths Antiochus she spied. The Flower of ' Cos. And gods and men alike may burn with fire. The New / Love.MELEAGER. earth. That they may bear the sceptres of desire. A youths. forsooth. Most happy then is Cos. Who bred this prince of youths within her town. which the form did take Kypris' son . The new-born Love 45 . great her renown. make sculptor Praxiteles of old did Of marble statue. e'en Praxiteles. divine.
. And Diodorus must in truth confess He melts e'en stone with his skin's soft caress. behold One doth scorch Thy heart with fire. all blinded by desire. Love knows Delicate the boys of Tyre. the eyes of Unhappy One. Heraclitus with his eyes doth The thunder-hurling fire of Zeus I burn away ' . The Sun among A H But ! the Stars. And from the Other comes a quenchless fire. Heraclitus and Diodorus. Which burns thy soul. beside Myiscus e'en their beauties fade. to his heart's desire . it as the sun puts all the stars to shade. ' silent. '"TpHOUCH say. as 'twere the flame of blazing torch .ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA.
Eros and Zoilus.
Eros no bow, no quiver or wings,
How, by winged Eros
were here or Eros to-day?
crafty snares from Kypris take, Another love you've ta'en like as forsooth A lamb would seize a wolf, or crow a snake, Or fire the ash below. Do what you will
"DETRAYERS ye O eyes, which
of souls and hounds of youth!
rain this stream
of tears upon
you go willing to the pitfall still! Roast then in beauty, and burnt through
Well Eros knows to fan the
Eros in Bonds.
Eros has been bound, ta'en captive
in the skies
Timareon the captor enthralled him with
The Harbinger of
to lovers harbinger of
swift the night-
You beat your wings against your ribs and fill The dark with screeches o'er the bed where lies
boy's fair form, and crow exultant
The hours of love are past and dawn draws Unto the hand that fed you can you give No kind return? By dawn itself I swear
songs to sing again you will not
complain, thou who hast ever tried rob the mind of reason with thy stings And thy cruel bow and arrows thrown aside, Put off thy double panoply of wings.
Of fair Myiscus
The And now
Eros, have the eyes scorched thy soul with fires. burn thou gav'st to others on thee lies,
flame thy captive heart devours.
chains of life on you are cast, Myiscus mine, which hold me fast
very breath contains, it to me remains Yea, what of
For by your eyes, O boy, that seek E'en to the blind of song to speak,
And by your shining brow I know Should you but clouded glances throw To me, I then on winter gaze
But Spring her brightest bloom displays, When joyous looks to mine you raise.
Who Ye Kypris bear a flowery crown. black. White and Black. Who woven am of white and .ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. O Loves. /CLEOBOLUS And And Sopolis is is fair of skin. unmixed wine. The Meed of Kypris. olive fain brown : both of them I would win. fair himself. I nothing lack. sweet TT7HO And being blends with and pleasing honey sweetly loves a youth. who E'en as Alexis loves Cleobolus divine. Th' immortal meed of Kypris drains in very truth. say.
whilst my eyes shed pleasant tears like To I thee. is Lover.MELEAGER. pray thee let thy heart the harbour be Of one by Kypris shipwrecked utterly. From Theron. Eros beareth me. The Shipwrecked TTMERCE And rain. my loving comrades swiftly ta'en. . all Myiscus. black nights become the days. the wind that rages o'er the sea. regard him not. when I on Theron gaze. T O If I ! all the world I see.
To Zeus my dainty lad shall upwards bear. indeed. bore : server of his wine well then. Lest the dread Eagle. who Ganymede away. breast Myiscus hidden in my must stay . TF As Zeus be In all still the same. 00 1 fair is Caridanos. Zeus the Robber. I know he'll not be mine : not meet contending Against the mighty Zeus It is : . I'll That him not desire : know that his great beauty Will Zeus' passion fire. E'en now might he be bearing To gods the luscious wine : I will not then desire him.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. Caridanos. his youthful beauty. coming unaware.
tears shall be love's token. indeed. What then shall be my profit? None may his love refuse. Lest Zeus should prove that even gods can lie. Then shall his bright eyes give me One sweet and tender sign. Myiscus mine. my darling Would give me kisses chaste. Yet oft doth Zeus declare. Yet when upon Olympus My My darling boy is led. . Ah ! if. T To ' WOULD will withstand e'en Zeus himself. Doubt. Which o'er his feet I shed. What dost thou fear ' ? But still I dread if aught comes buzzing by. I no rival be.MELEAGER. And for a perfect moment His lovely lips meet mine. if thee. Ambrosia divinest lips My hungry would taste. he fain would seize from me bear him wine.
light then the die be start: up ! Upon my will the purpose bred of Love ? Whither you. let me now courage take! Is caution fled? Then I light up quick.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. 54 . O Heart? wine. that Love o'ercame the will of Zeus. The T ^ ET What way is I'll Reveller. since revel make. of wisdom grave ! Away with toil For what indeed the use? This thing alone I know. cast. what is Heavy with your aim? Aye.
once. set thee forth to be foolishly. and : yea. The Oreid maids With Daphnis sweet But now let once sought delight e'en Phoebus knew : All joy his Hyacinth to view . the goat-herd king. / T HOU S saidst.MELEAGER. Nemesis. Laurel and Hyacinth. Dion all inspire. no longer sing sound Of Daphnis on the mountain height. O O pastoral pipes. by Kypris. Who holds the sceptre of desire. and wouldst no caution Nor at the flaming Now angry Nemesis hath thunderbolt of Zeus didst quake. what e'en no didst repeat it god might say. A warning plain to those who chatter 55 . it so. Thou alway wouldst take. lyre of Phoebus. '"T-V O pleasure Pan. That Theron was not fair. cease to Of Hyacinth with laurel crowned.
The Price of Love. Most Thus fair in every way. name Myiscus fair He Fair most to me. heart for ever in my image stay.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. he ever trouble. pleasing is A LL And the stripling. Well Eros dost thou know Must his sweet Lo ! if The sweet amid the bitter In equal shares to sow. by Kypris. is And for his is is gracious too he. the boy. .
gathered these lyric poems . TO! Of I I.MELEAGER. The Crown. the crown. proclaim the utmost goal I E'en all the guardian of the whole : these written pages all I declare here. Like to a dragon's back O'er this I closely bend enlightened book and mark the end. And bound them in one book but still I Twas Meleager who held the final sway: With flowers he wove to Diocles a crown ' say E'erlasting token of the lad's renown. 57 .
: Him like a god. I pray you list The form Is Nothing escapes mortality that once was wondrous dark as night. which I live But on thy smiles nor tak'st what would give. so great his O youths.UNCERTAIN. . 61 . fair o'ergrown with hair. ^"ICANDER From now is dead. T CANNOT Thou count thee. a friend I : dost not ask nor when ask dost lend A friendly ear to those fond hopes. the bloom is reft is off his lovely : form : not e'en left His beauty's name though formerly we deemed beauty seemed. to me. Unrequited Love. e'en . Mortality. I would.
. PERSIAN The fairest mothers.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. 'Neath many thorns there blooms a matchless rose. O friend. Beautiful Aribazos. A wooden statue. . truly ye have borne offspring since the world's : first dawn But Aribazos (wondrous fair is he) More beautiful than beauty seems to me. T EAVE me my cloak. Hidden Beauty. e'en with feet all of stone But should you my naked charms expose. let me alone.
pray ye give the boy. to me. ye may win. Gat he no scratches from your talons dread? . Doritheos. great Zeus. Dionysus I no longer see. then be it so I shall not try the prize from mighty Zeus but if. And thy thick plumaged wings you spread. I pray ye judge of : whom . Loves. : indeed. to thee? eagle. that all his charms are mine. this boy ye worthy deem If truly To wrest of the gods. say then. With one accord ye make reply. Has he been stay carried 'mongst the gods to To O bear the luscious wine. not words.UNCERTAIN. Doritheos if to mortal men. Dionysus. or whom as lord ye now assign. But from I my love he runneth constantly. it seem left I That aught be Loves. when the lad you bore away.
I pray ye flee. Beware. not to DARING me desire for maids.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. alone we on seek. fire and all in scorching The /"\ Inconstant Lover. But ever the lightning of the invades male desire My Now soul. fire again from out the ashes A O second time the old desire doth hold. when I behold You standing near. and next I see great misery. love has ceased. And kindled hidden cold. me lest his captive love-sick ones. : Fair Ismenus always know Not them lie. waxing bold. Eros. me on I thou alway whirlest me fire. I. and in the toils Damis setteth . 64 . Antipater has kissed me. take flame enfold. but caught in snares we And madly trail all the corner of our eye.
. ! Perish the Muse's labour utterly this fire And Is flames constantly. Sweet Fate. bears a fate that I confess my mind sweeter far than my distress. "D Y Eros has my guileless soul been caught. Not that I wish to sin.UNCERTAIN. To Kypris. But with consuming ever burn. I have been caught. The other drags me 'gainst my will : am in doubt to which fire I I fain would turn. : But seek a look. at W I HY hast thou aimed two arrows my heart ? Why with twin sorrows must r my cleft soul smart The one with fire my heart doth fill. never e'en in happy dreamland sought To seek mad joys Who In love of boys. pure and to shame akin Thus my soul yearns And For with ever burns.
be.dyed. with the zone of Kypris purple. cannot learn. hate will I return give. thou know'st would no sharer Eros the Captive. either love or hate I must neutral be.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. 66 . Love and Hate. O HOUT words of joy. All or Nothing. : If any hate me. MAY me But if : may my Love no lover know but to other suits my I lad agree. indeed. T OVING my To To all lovers gladly would I I live. (Great be our joy) his rose-like hands hath tied. Kypris. for now behold Archesilas doth Eros captive hold. ye And youths.
T AM My entirely drunk. . my lad turns night to day. and I.UNCERTAIN. Love's Light. I undiluted madness have drunk again. The /~\F Shield Invincible. tear-washed crown at charge my . revel make : (For thunder what care and what of lightning I As shield invincible my love laughing bear. boy to take. I do not still fear to take I The journey fear?) long. But not random start 1 on the way Though swift dark comes. And many words brain : of folly cloud my dizzy Since I am armed. and revel make I .
dream he hostile came to greet Me As Ill-omened bird if in with a bow. . And seethe in fire. if cruel or kind to be. snatched a kiss but now am I afraid. doubt. 68 . The Boxer.ANfTHOLOGIA PALATIJSTA. and gave a cock to me. must stay. I In swarms of bees. fillets soft I A And NTICHIS' son with crowned. in nettles. Doubt. TN And For stealth I came. tender-aged and sweet. When thrice in the I . and then he went away . boxing match he victory gained: kissed his face with blood much stained That blood more honey-sweet than myrrh I found. till he comes back to me. Of in a and by the door I stayed Echidemus.
And said again the boy is And now once more my burning T^OSITHEUS is wondrous fair I said. it But Love has graved in my heart for aye . Ye "V^E While I Chattering Birds. the female sex dear lad? May alway chatter loud. sign I carved on walls or oak or pine. 'tis They lie alone I know truth I say. then.UNCERTAIN. O why disturb my rest. songsters by the ivy hid. some say no. . passing fair. chattering birds. . eyes have bade My No If grateful lips his dainty charms declare. am lying nigh the tender breast I Of my pray ye cease to vex: Though. I pray that ye Will cease your song and bring back peace to me. Dositheus. by the gods divine.
And cast me on and straightway seized on me. His thunderbolts o'erwhelmed me To boy or Kypris shall I choose? This love of mine no goddess can abate . when Not fair I saw the boy. Scarce were these vain words spoken. when sped down Avenging Fate. utterly. 70 . And like great Zeus the fire. please the A thousand blessings then on kindly Fate.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. Kindly Fate. I said nor very beautiful is he . 13 Y Hermes.
Despair. With quenchless hope we needless seethe and boil. . from your empty toil . who greet Lovers with scorn. though their proud beauty be Alike to mortals and immortals sweet. As easy 'twere the sea upon the shore to bale. . cease ye these troubles stale . to cherish love for boys. Upon As 'tis the desert land. Or number grains of sand. Insensate ones. But on dry land our toil lies poured. ye boy-lovers. Then listen all ! Let all give heed to me ! Hope upon hope in vain we stored.UNCERTAIN.
Unceasing strength to overpower.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. A god thou art or made of stone. seen. now No seeds of love the blazing flame has sown nor has desire . 'mongst the youths you lately came. Whom 72 . soul drew. A God TT7HEN And saw Then having Apollodotus If is or Stone. iron to stone attracted. TV/TAGNETIC Heraclitus. his you must declare name. Not His beauty my loving I pursue. Magnetic Heraclitus. a flower transcending fair .
who full well to Blessed ones doth know In guise of bitter fate thyself to show. 73 . DIODORUS. fierce desire I've For many times before with burned. My love is striving on a restless sea . and next they fling Glances serene abroad. friendship's rock or hate's. in which sea I swim my heart may know. To Adrastia.UNCERTAIN. exact the penalty this false From boy in payment for my misery. in a storm of spring. Friendship or Hate. Adrastia. Do thou. But On So the storm drives on yet wantonly. and laugh most tenderly. will IV/TOST fierce distress my heart will And fetters of enduring bonds wear. For now thy eyes are charged with rain. stoutly bear. I pray me throw. which o'er me swirl. I strive to lo ! mount the waves. As one who shipwrecked on the sea's fierce whirl. Thou. bravely Not now Nicander. I the darts of Eros learned.
O Lord ! let not thy eagle seize my boy and speed Into the sky. A /^\ ZEUS. guard'st. Beneath the of Kronos rising high. his youth is running by. T^AIR not is Protarchus. but unkind.ALCEUS. that he in place of Ganymede serving-boy. For while he holds the racing torch. 74 . Kypris' hill son. As Then give this lad to me : let all his love be mine. who Pisa the hair Prayer. Since ever have I laid sweet songs upon thy shrine. I pray thee deck Of Peithenoras. Later he'll deny. Protarchus. with wine the gods may ply. with garlands fair.
Youth and Time. that still You'll play at dice. that fine down * has grown upon thy cheek. 75 . which soon shall hide The bloom of rosy limbs which were our pride As if to say that dried-up stalks forlorn : Are better far than ears of standing corn. My very What two and twenty years yet of life I I know. OT O Loves. and take no heed. will you do when am dead indeed ? Methinks. And weary grow. O Loves.ASCLEPIADES. why do you soul with fire treat is I me so? fed. The Burden of Youth. Thou say'st 'Tis well/ and e'en pretend to seek The dark enshrouding hair.
TF wings were thine. wrapped deep in endless night. Fleeting Day. . Asclepiades Why dost thou moan ? Not only you has Kypris cruel despoiled. ! Ah let us drink. Nor Yea. let let us wait till us drink with laughter in the light one. And why these tears? Sharp Eros not alone 'Gainst you with bow and arrows toiled. bow and Not Eros would be painted Kypris' son. but thou. ! e'er dies the fleeting day. which Love and Bacchus daylight fades away: : give. a short time here rest Unhappy Then long we we stay. Why burn to ashes. Love's Double. when you still may live ? TT\RINK. and thou hadst arrows now.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. Of unmixed wine.
77 . from Damis' dwelling will I fly.' The But now Forgiveness of Eros. still Love was young and to hunters had played the runaway. For him I fondly love and am loved faithfully I do not choose to all my charms to show. Not far : With one alone I fain would always go. old Archeades with love for to me. me did burn. Ah woe ! is Swift cause for me. honey-sweet.ASCLEPIADES. Love. the god : hard will e'er remain Yea. his mother's care He * said. doth find anger sharp. for Eros. not e'en in play. and looks and words not unkind : But yet. methinks. Young "\I7HEN And from easy prey. soon will he relent and sweetly smile again. the boy doth turn.
Ye Loves. Despair. pray. when clad In dainty boy's attire And to ape the lad. aye strike ! Since I am doomed With never-ending If I grief to be consumed. Dorcian. And through the boyish clamys Just shows the naked thigh. ye Loves. "\X7HAT pray of my soul is left. with the darts of Kypris With love to drive them mad. O Loves.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. With thunderbolts not darts then strike at me: To Aye ashes dead reduce strike ! me utterly. I By Zeus. With petasus on shoulder She comes with flashing eye. TT\ORCIAN Of all Knows how the favourite the youths. to send that fate on me. in quietude may stay. if aught remain. any fate 78 . of sharper taste can be.
to lees up and drink to Diocles. Wine and Wisdom. is The boy fair. If others greater beauty see. If of my thy door I revel made will. exceeding fair. O Archilous. Sole judge of beauty let me be. condone. 'Twas unmixed wine and Eros gaining sway. a thousand times be at . The portals of your house my lips had pressed. if it luckless head the weight of blame seems that headstrong 'gainst my will 1 came. pray. drain once more from brim to Ne'er Archiluus drinks again The cup which Love him has ta'en. laid . my fault I own. Who drew me on. Contra And Mundum. A RCHINES. If that were wrong. 79 . yet wisdom drove away . truth declare.CALLIMACHUS. Upon my But. My folly. Not knowing when or whose I had caressed.
who thief myself confess.ANTHOLOGIA PALAT1NA. A/TETHINKS. A thief I know. O. and eat the stone above: Therefore Into I fear lest this fair boy may glide fall my heart and make me So in love. garlands tumbled. I not at random guess . for he in truth Was all afire with longing for the youth. by Bacchus. Mistrust. Ofttimes a placid stream its course may hide Beneath a wall. lo from off his head ! . Love's Sympathy. and the roses shed Their petals to the ground . His breast The The was cleft with sighs once and again third cup drinking. name by Pan. . T TNKNOWN U to us. can it be That 'neath the ashes burns undying flame. something I cannot Lies hidden here . by the gods. our friend a wound had ta'en . : Embrace me not courage deserteth me.
As when if Demophilus bestow Such burning kisses on his lovers now a lad to me he did allow. Has Rival of Ganymede. since not forsooth so honey-sweet a youth. I ween Eros. Demophilus. A multitude will seek his mother's door. so lovely for tender sport. bane of men. that And meet This fair had he seen The boy Is Ganymede boy's peerless limbs. KYPRIS. 81 .DIOSCORIDES. The OOARCHUS. made Amphipolitan. methinks did before). great Zeus had bade to serve his wines . Well then. his fair Now all the bloom of youth (e'en as I cheeks show.
then beautiful restore O softest the before One weary month has gone for soon a lover finds The waiting long and one month short appears As wearisome as are ten thousand years. and The demons mingled in the drinking bowl. o'er Zephyr. who of the winds land.us did swear. and bring him back he went. . I on you call That you of all the oaths should witness bear. 82 . Zephyrus.ANTHOLOGIA PALAT1NA. You. DRINK-OFFERINGS all and frankincense. Plighted Troth. who have ta'en the fortress of my soul. To CINCE The Blows beautiful acolyte. O much revered ones. Which honey-dark Athena. .
* I had but said. When One more cruel upon me seized. . Three Lovers. ^pHEODORUS. This demon cruel my pain has eased And scarce thy grievous yoke had fled. Since Aristocrates I saw.DIOSCORIDES. I Yet fiercer pain must endure.
84 . Love and Hate.EVENUS. and love a labour ills be. which brings some good I fain Out of two to me. would give to thee Love's generous wound. TF hate be toil.
Swift Nemesis. His though all. inflexibly did spurn denying every gift: Scarce grown his beard and he began to burn For a young boy Ah Nemesis was swift. fair. ! lovers . T ADON.FLACCUS.
Periander. 86 . 'T'EUS Or oft his Ethiopian feasts enjoys. king of boys. golden-showered creeps into Danas's bed: (a But 'twould be strange thought by fancy bred). Unless the god has ceased boys to love. He bore him not from earth to serve above fair .JULIUS LEONIDES. If seeing Periander.
^^ S~\ VINE. When Beauty from Thee anodyne hath sought. who hastenest thy leaves to cast. sweet-browed sleep shall bear beneath thy tendrils here. . Then fearest till Thou the daylight fading fast ? Abide awhile. Antileon rest. The Autumn Bower. For gracious sleep Thou oft before hath brought.MNASALCAS.
the sweetest flower of youth. all sweet and tenden found. in truth greedy eyes have seen. golden Graces fashioned fair. : love inflames a single soul Thy eyes gaze restlessly from goal to Antiochus. Why ! 88 . Scion of Paphian violet crowned ? Burn then to lifeless ashes waste away O'er two such loves no soul can hold the sway. Two A DOUBLE Whom Thy Loves.POLYSTRATUS. Be satisfied ! goal. . seek to contemplate in boundless pride Stasicrates.
the sacred word youth. .PHYMOCLES. but said is A beauteous thing sped: swiftest fleet. well. all too quickly The See bird that flies than time is not more now thy bloom already is lying 'neath thy feet. EMEMBER I remember. The Bird of Time.
As archer then the gods your praise will sound. One mark But let not your darts glance by. the poet's soul with thorns has bound. The "V7" EA. pierce me wantonly: For should you conquer me. I Loves. The TT\ESIRE And Its sides a Love-sick Poet. shoot! for here for all : helpless lie.POSIDIPPUS. fain would send it sleep. now labours not for fame. shoot! Archer. Past-master 'mongst the bowmen most renowned. the grievous god he lays the blame. casting around grievous fire and quenchless flame: The soul that had before a solace found And on In making books. 90 .
. begin thou not with me. 91 . we drink with thee lov'st . and e'en one more loving sixth. To him The The thou for Hesiod let the next be ta'en eighth. again. Nimnermus: then mix the fifth for me: O : Heliodorus. cups of wine to Nannus and to Lydes pour : To To The prudent Antimachus one. again. As oft you will. Love and Wine.POSIDIPPUS. to mighty Homer I'll will we drain: ninth the Muses claim: the tenth Mnemosyne: : A full cup on the all lips. I beg. me betrayed thou takest easily But if I in my sober senses stay. T AM well armed. drink to thee I'll Then the rest. and not give way But Love. O Loves. Kypris. Then. again. I said. Against thee will fight. though mortal I man I be. Then may my reason claim the victory. Libations to Love. to you drain. For if thou comest when the wine holds sway. .
RHIANUS. fair-limbed boy. Sweet olive Seasons and the Graces oft have poured oil o'er you. As over all 92 . spring flowers excels the rose. I pray fair boy's memory stored. of love the lowliest of her boys Empedocles more lovely glows. npRAEZEN Worthy But over all good name as nurse enjoys. that my name. you tell me true is The name who is adorned by you. O by night can rest or sleep enjoy in his your image O peerless limbs. Empedocles. The Charms 'TpHE No man So fair of Menecrates. : And lo ! the answer softly came Menecrates.
Whene'er upon a lovely youth a glance Entangled in the bird-lime beauty holds me fast. Your limbs like adamant would stay with footsteps glued. My Though Yet if you Leptines in all his beauty viewed. then golden Theocles doth shine.RHIANUS. . And with the flower of his unsullied limbs and face fancy claims. Evanescence of Youth. I cast. soon ruthless time shall fade away turn The bloom of youth from all. Like to an endless labyrinth their strange charms seem . TiTOST inexplicable the wiles of boys I deem. Here Theodorus with his rounded body's grace. so fair he from head to dainty Hail ! lovely boys. Us all . and feir curls to grey. not full-grown. So great a light he blazes is from his eyes to greet feet. in matchless bloom of grace divine.
By Graces loved. the narrow path you guileless came. in whom all Graces wed. OURELY. The And it seems that you. lovely Graces. whilst you are yet afar. Cleonicus.ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA. dear lad. seeing did pursue. Beware lest coming nigh the fire Love bred. 94 . When 'long swift reward their rose-like hands did claim. In the Field Path. Welcome. The asphodel dry stalk the flame may mar.
nEADERS. In purity and calm. 95 . Tea all. True love amid the hold not aloof\ But join with me. until the woof Of hate be changed to garb by love designed. * who in my written pages find dross. That not the strength of hate and scorn combined Can friends divide . and thus with equal mind Well worship Beauty. 1 bid you live pure lives y so shall no breath Of slander from a scornful world ascend To dim the mirror of your love . in truth till E'en as the Theban Band strove on to death. who worship at the shrine of Youth. So be ye comrades faithful the end. heedless of reproof. and speak in love's behoof.
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