Epigram 5.229

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 122
Codex Palatinus 23 p. 123

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τὴν Νιόβην κλαίουσαν ἰδών ποτε βουκόλος ἀνὴρ
θάμβεεν, εἰ λείβειν δάκρυον οἶδε λίθος:
αὐτὰρ ἐμὲ στενάχοντα τόσης κατὰ νυκτὸς ὁμίχλην
ἔμπνοος Εὐίππης οὐκ ἐλέαιρε λίθος.

αἴτιος ἀμφοτέροισιν ἔρως, ὀχετηγὸς ἀνίης
τῇ Νιόβῃ τεκέων, αὐτὰρ ἐμοὶ παθέων.

— Paton edition

A herdsman, looking on Niobe weeping, wondered how a rock could shed tears. But Euippe's heart, the living stone, takes no pity on me lamenting through the misty darkness of so long a night. In both cases the fault is Love's, who brought pain to Niobe for her children and to me the pain of passion.

— Paton edition

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