Epigram 6.331

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 203

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παῖδα πατὴρ Ἄλκων ὀλοῷ σφιγχθέντα δράκοντι
ἀθρήσας, δειλῇ τόξον ἔκαμψε χερί:
θηρὸς δ᾽ οὐκ ἀφάμαρτε: διὰ στόματος γὰρ ὀιστὸς
ἤιξεν, τυτθοῦ βαιὸν ὕπερθε βρέφους.

παυσάμενος δὲ φόβοιο, παρὰ δρυῒ τῇδε φαρέτρην
σῆμα καὶ εὐτυχίης θῆκε καὶ εὐστοχίης,

— Paton edition

Alcon, seeing his child in the coils of a murderous serpent, bent his bow with trembling hand; yet he did not miss the monster, but the arrow pierced its jaws just a little above where the infant was. Relieved of his fear, he dedicated on this tree his quiver, the token of good luck and good aim.

— Paton edition

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