Epigram 6.345

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 205

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εἴαρος ἤνθει μὲν τὸ πρὶν ῥόδα, νῦν δ᾽ ἐνὶ μέσσῳ
χείματι πορφυρέας ἐσχάσαμεν κάλυκας,
σῇ ἐπιμειδήσαντα γενεθλίῃ ἄσμενα τῇδε
ἠοῖ, νυμφιδίων ἀσσοτάτῃ λεχέων.

καλλίστης ὀφθῆναι ἐπὶ κροτάφοισι γυναικὸς
λώιον ἢ μίμνειν ἠρινὸν ἠέλιον.

— Paton edition

Roses used to flower in spring, but we now in mid-winter burst scarlet from our buds, smiling gaily on this thy natal morn that falls so nigh to thy wedding. To be seen on the brow of the loveliest of women is better than to await the sun of spring.

— Paton edition

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