Epigram 6.291

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 197

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Βακχυλὶς ἡ Βάκχου κυλίκων σποδός, ἒν ποτενούσῳ
κεκλιμένα, Δηοῖ τοῖον ἔλεξε λόγον:


ἢν ὀλοοῦ διὰ κῦμα φύγω πυρός, εἰς ἑκατόν σοι

ἠελίους δροσερᾶν πίομαι ἐκ λιβάδων,


ἀβρόμιος καὶ ἄοινος.
ἐπεὶ δ᾽ ὑπάλυξεν ἀνίην,
αὐτῆμαρ τοῖον μῆχος ἐπεφράσατο
τρητὸν γὰρ θεμένα χερὶ κόσκινον, εὖ διὰ πυκνῶν
σχοίνων ἠελίους πλείονας ηὐγάσατο.

— Paton edition

Bacchylis, the sponge of the cups of Bacchus, once when she fell sick addressed Demeter something in this way. "If I escape from the wave of this pernicious fever, for the space of a hundred suns I will drink but fresh spring water and avoid Bacchus and wine." But when she was quit of her illness, on the very first day she devised this dodge. She took a sieve, and looking through its close meshes, saw even more than a hundred suns.

— Paton edition

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