Epigram 11.168

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Ψηφίζεις, κακόδαιμον: ὁ δὲ χρόνος, ὡς τόκον, οὕτω
καὶ πολιὸν τίκτει γῆρας ἐπερχόμενος:
κοὔτε πιὼν, οὔτ᾽ ἄνθος ἐπὶ κροτάφοις ἀναδήσας,
οὐ μύρον, οὐ γλαφυρὸν γνοὺς ποτ᾽ ἐρωμένιον,

τεθνήξῃ, πλουτοῦσαν ἀφεὶς μεγάλην διαθήκην,
ἐκ πολλῶν ὀβολὸν μοῦνον ἐνεγκάμενος.

— Paton edition

Thou reckonest up thy money, poor wretch ; but Time, just as it breeds interest, so, as it overtakes thee, gives birth to grey old age. And so having neither drunk wine, nor bound thy temples with flowers, having never known sweet ointment or a delicate little love, thou shalt die, leaving a great and wealthy testament, and of all thy riches carrying away with thee but one obol.

— Paton edition

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