Epigram 6.198

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 175

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ὥριον ἀνθήσαντας ὑπὸ κροτάφοισιν ἰούλους
κειράμενος, γενύων ἄρσενας ἀγλαΐας,
Φοίβῳ θῆκε Λύκῶν, πρῶτον γέρας: εὔξατο δ᾽ οὕτως
καὶ πολιὴν λευκῶν κεῖραι ἀπὸ κροτάφων.

τοίην ἀλλ᾽ ἐπίνευε, τίθει δέ μιν, ὡς πρό γε τοῖον,
ὣς αὖτις πολιῷ γήραϊ νιφόμενον.

— Paton edition

Lycon, having shaved the down that flowered in its season under his temples, the manly ornament of his cheeks, dedicated it to Phoebus, a first gift, and therewith prayed that so he might also shave the gray hairs from his temples. Grant him an old age such as his youth, and as thou hast made him now thus, may he remain thus when the snow of hoary eld falls on his head.

— Paton edition

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