Epigram 6.251

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 187
Codex Palatinus 23 p. 190

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Λευκάδος: αἰπὺν ἔχων ναύταις τηλέσκοπον ὄχθον,
Φοῖβε, τὸν Ἰονίῳ λουόμενον πελάγει,
δέξαι πλωτήρων μάζης χεριφυρέα δαῖτα,
καὶ σπονδὴν ὀλίγῃ κιρναμένην κύλικι,


καὶ βραχυφεγγίτου λύχνου σέλας ἐκ βιοφειδοῦς
ὄλπης ἡμιμεθεῖ πινόμενον στόματι:
ἀνθ᾽ ὧν ἱλήκοις, ἐπὶ δ᾽ ἱστία πέμψον ἀήτην
οὔριον Ἀκτιακοὺς σύνδρομον εἰς λιμένας.

— Paton edition

Phoebus, who dwellest on the sheer height of Leucas visible from afar to sailors, and washed by the Ionian sea, accept from the seamen a feast of barley cake kneaded by the hand, and a libation mixed in a small cup, the poor light too of this lamp, imbibed by its half-satisfied mouth from a parsimonious oil-flask. In return for which be kind to us, and send to our sails a favourable breeze carrying us with it to the shore of Actium.

— Paton edition

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