Epigram 6.242

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 186

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ἠοῖ ἐπ᾽ εὐκταίῃ τάδε ῥέζομεν ἱρὰ τελείῳ
Ζηνὶ καὶ ὠδίνων μειλίχῳ Ἀρτέμιδι.
τοῖσι γὰρ οὑμὸς ὅμαιμος ἔτ᾽ ἄχνοος εὔξατο θήσειν
τὸ πρῶτον γενύων ἠιθέοισιν ἔαρ.

δαίμονες ἀλλὰ δέχοισθε καὶ αὐτίκα τῶνδ᾽ ἀπ᾽ ἰούλων
Εὐκλείδην πολιῆς ἄχρις ἄγοιτε τριχός.

— Paton edition

On the long-desired morn we offer this sacrifice to Zeus Teleius and Artemis who soothes the pangs of child-bed. For to them did my brother while yet beardless vow to offer the first spring-bloom that clothes the cheeks of young men. Accept it, ye gods, and from this season of his tender beard lead Eucleides straight on to the season of grey hairs.

— Paton edition

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