Epigram 1.119

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 62
Codex Palatinus 23 p. 63


βίβλος Πατρικίοιο θεουδέος ἀρητῆρος,
ὃς μέγα ἔργον ἔρεξεν, ὁμηρείης ἀπὸ βίβλου
κυδαλίμων ἐπέων τεύξας ἐρίτιμον ἀοιδήν,
πρήξιας ἀγγέλλουσαν ἀνικήτοιο Θεοῖο:

ὡς μόλεν ἀνθρώπων ἐς ὁμήγυριν, ὡς λάβε μορφὴν
ἀνδρομέην, καὶ γαστρὸς ἀμεμφέος ἔνδοθι κούρης
κρύπτετο τυτθὸς ἐών, ὃν ἀπείριτος οὐ χάδε κύκλος:
ἠδ᾽ ὡς παρθενικῆς θεοκύμονος ἔσπασε μαζὸν
παρθενίοιο γάλακτος ἀναβλύζοντα ῥέεθρον

ὡς κτάνεν Ἡρώδης ἀταλάφρονας εἰσέτι παῖδας

νήπιος, ἀθανάτοιο Θεοῦ διζήμενος οἶτον
ὥς μιν Ἰωάννης λοῦσεν ποταμοῖο ῥεέθροις:
ὥς τε δυώδεκα φῶτας ἀμύμονας ἔλλαβ᾽ ἑταίρους:
ὅσσων τ᾽ ἄρτια πάντα Θεὸς τεκτήνατο γυῖα,

νούσους τ᾽ ἐξελάσας στυγερὰς βλεφάρων τ᾽ ἀλαωτύν,
ἠδ᾽ ὅππως ῥείοντας ἀπέσβεσεν αἵματος ὁλκοὺς
ἁψαμένης ἑανοῖο πολυκλαύτοιο γυναικός:
ἠδ᾽ ὅσσους μοίρῃσιν ὑπ᾽ ἀργαλέῃσι δαμέντας
ἤγαγεν ἐς φάος αὖθις ἀπὸ χθονίοιο βερέθρου:

ὥς τε πάθους ἁγίου μνημήια κάλλιπεν ἄμμιν
ὥς τε βροτῶν ὑπὸ χερσὶ τάθη κρυεροῖς ἐνὶ δεσμοῖς,
αὐτὸς ἑκών οὐ γάρ τις ἐπιχθονίων πολεμίζοι
ὑψιμέδοντι Θεῷ, ὅτε μὴ αὐτός γε κελεύοι:
ὡς θάνεν, ὡς Ἀίδαο σιδήρεα ῥῆξε θύρετρα,

κεῖθεν δὲ ψυχὰς θεοπειθέας οὐρανὸν εἴσω
ἤγαγεν ἀχράντοισιν ὑπ᾽ ἐννεσίῃσι τοκῆος,
ἀνστὰς ἐν τριτάτᾐ φαεσιμβρότῳ ἠριγενείῃ
ἀρχέγονον βλάστημα θεοῦ γενετῆρος ἀνάρχου.

— Paton edition

The Argument, an eloquent Apology, of a
Homeric Cento

The book of Patricius, the God-fearing priest, who performed a great task, composing from the works of Homer a glorious song of splendid verses, announcing the deeds of the invincible God; how He came to the company of men and took human form, and was hidden when an infant in the blameless womb of a Virgin, He whom the infinite universe cannot hold; and how He sucked from the breast of the Virgin, once great with child from God, the stream of maiden milk it spouted; how Herod, in his folly seeking the death of the immortal God, slew the still
tender babes; how John washed Him in the waters of the river ; how He took to Him His twelve excellent companions; the limbs of how many He made whole, driving out loathly diseases, and darkness of sight, and how He stayed the running stream of blood in the weeping woman who touched His raiment; and how many victims of the cruel fates He brought back to the light from the dark pit; and how He left us memorials of His holy Passion; how by the hands of men He was tortured by cruel bonds, by His own will, for no mortal man could war with God who ruleth on high, unless He Himself decreed it; how He died and burst the iron gates of Hell and led thence into Heaven by the immaculate command of His Father the faithful spirits, having arisen on the third morn, the primal offspring of the Father who hath no beginning.

— Paton edition





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