Epigram 11.412

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 566


ψυχὴν μὲν γράψαι χαλεπόν, μορφὴν δὲ χαράξαι
ῥᾴδιον ἀλλ᾽ ἐπὶ σοὶ τοὔμπαλιν ἀμφότερον.
τῆς μὲν γὰρ ψυχῆς τὸ διάστροφον ἔξω ἄγουσα
ἐν τοῖς φαινομένοις ἡ Φύσις εἰργάσατο:

τὸν δ᾽ ἐπὶ τῆς μορφῆς θόρυβον καὶ σώματος ὕβριν
πῶς ἄν τις γράψαι, μηδ᾽ ἐσιδεῖν ἐθέλων;

— Paton edition

To paint the soul is difficult, to sketch the outward
shape is easy, but in your case both are just the
opposite. For Nature, bringing outside the perver-
sity of your soul, has wrought so that it is a visible
object ; but as for the tumult of your person and the
offensiveness of your body, how could one paint it
when one does not even wish to look on it ?

— Paton edition





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