Epigram 6.66

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 153


ἄβροχον ἀπλανέος μόλιβον γραπτῆρα κελεύθου,
ἧς ἔπι ῥιζοῦται γράμματος ἁρμονίη,
καὶ κανόνα τροχαλοῖο κυβερνητῆρα μολίβδου,
καὶ λίθακα τρητὴν σπόγγῳ ἐειδομένην,

καὶ μέλανος σταθεροῖο δοχήιον, ἀλλὰ καὶ αὐτῶν
εὐγραφέων καλάμων ἀκροβαφεῖς ἀκίδας,
σπόγγον, ἁλὸς βλάστημα, χυτῆς λειμῶνα θαλάσσης,
καὶ χαλκὸν δονάκων τέκτονα λεπταλέων,
ἐνθάδε Καλλιμένης φιλομειδέσιν ἄνθετο Μούσαις,

γήραϊ κεκμηὼς ὄμματα καὶ παλάμην.

— Paton edition

Here Callimenes, his eye and hand enfeebled
by age, dedicates to the laughter-loving Muses
the never-moistened lead which draws that undeviating line on which is based the regularity of the script, the ruler which guides the course of this revolving lead, the porous stone like a sponge, the receptacle of the permanent ink, the pens themselves, too, their tips dyed black, the sponge, flower of the sea, forming the meadows of the liquid deep, and the knife, brazen artificer of slender pens.

— Paton edition




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