Epigram 6.303

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 199

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μύες, εἰ μὲν ἐπ᾽ ἄρτον ἐληλύθατ᾽, ἐς μυχὸν ἄλλον
στείχετ᾽ ῾ ἐπεὶ λιτὴν οἰκέομεν καλύβην᾽,
οὗ καὶ πίονα τυρὸν ἀποδρέψεσθε καὶ αὔην
ἰσχάδα, καὶ δεῖπνον συχνὸν ἀπὸ σκυβάλων.

εἰ δ᾽ ἐν ἐμαῖς βίβλοισι πάλιν καταθήξετ᾽ ὀδόντα,
κλαύσεσθ᾽, οὐκ ἀγαθὸν κῶμον ἐπερχόμενοι.

— Paton edition

Mice, if you have come for bread, go to some other corner (my hut is ill-supplied), where ye shall nibble fat cheese and dried figs, and get a plentiful dinner from the scraps. But if ye sharpen your teeth again on my books ye shall suffer for it and find that ye come to no pleasant banquet.

— Paton edition

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