Epigram 6.239

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 185

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Σμήνεος ἔκ με ταμὼν γλυκερὸν θέρος ἀντὶ νομαίων
γηραιὸς Κλείτων σπεῖσε μελισσοπόνος,
ἀμβροσίων ἔαρος κηρῶν μέλι πολλὸν ἀμέλξας,
δῶρον ἀποιμάντου τηλεπέτευς ἀγέλης.

θείης δ᾽ ἑσμοτόκον χορὸν ἄπλετον, εὖ δὲ μελιχροῦ
νέκταρος ἐμπλήσαις κηροπαγεῖς θαλάμας.

— Paton edition

Old Cliton, the bee-keeper, cut me out, the sweet harvest of his swarm, and instead of a victim from the herd offers me, pressing much honey from the ambrosial combs of the spring, the gift of his unshepherded far-dying flock. But make his swarm-bearing company innumerable and fill full the wax-built cells with sweetest nectar.

— Paton edition

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