Epigram 12.125

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Le rêve. (M. Yourcenar)

Codex Palatinus 23 p. 587
Codex Palatinus 23 p. 588


ἡδὺ τί μοι διὰ νυκτὸς ἐνύπνιον ἁβρὰ γελῶντος
ὀκτωκαιδεκέτους παιδὸς ἔτ᾽ ἐν χλαμύδι
ἤγαγ᾽ Ἔρως ὑπὸ χλαῖναν ἐγὼ δ᾽ ἁπαλῷ περὶ χρωτὶ
στέρνα βαλὼν κενεὰς ἐλπίδας ἐδρεπόμαν.
καὶ μ᾽ ἔτι νῦν θάλπει μνήμης πόθος: ὄμμασι δ᾽ ὕπνον
ἀγρευτὴν πτηνοῦ φάσματος αἰὲν ἔχω.
ὦ δύσερως ψυχή, παῦσαί ποτε καὶ δι᾽ ὀνείρων
εἰδώλοις κάλλευς κωφὰ χλιαινομένη.

— Paton edition

Love in the night brought me under my mantle the sweet dream of a softly-laughing boy of eighteen, still wearing the chlamys ; and I, pressing his tender flesh to my breast, culled empty hopes. Still does the desire of the memory heat me, and in my eyes still abideth sleep that caught for me in the chase that winged phantom. O soul, ill-starred in love, cease at last even in dreams to be warmed all in vain by beauty’s images.

— Paton edition




Au Codex Palatinus 23, les vers 7 et 8 sont traités comme étant une épigramme distincte.


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