Epigram 6.67

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 153


Ἀκλινέας γραφίδεσσιν ἀπιθύνοντα πορείας
τόνδε μόλιβδον ἄγων, καὶ μολίβου κανόνα
σύνδρομον ἡνιοχῆα, πολυτρήτου τ᾽ ἀπὸ πέτρης
λᾶαν, ὃς ἀμβλεῖαν θῆγε γένυν καλάμου,

σὺν δ᾽ αὐτοῖς καλάμοισι μέλαν, μυστήρια φωνῆς
ἀνδρομέης, σμίλης τ᾽ ὀξυτόμον κοπίδα,
Ἑρμείῃ Φιλόδημος, ἐπεὶ χρόνος ὄμματος αὐγὴν
ἀμβλύνας παλάμῃ δῶκεν ἐλευθερίην.

— Paton edition

Philodemus, now that Time has dulled his eye-
sight and set his hand at liberty, dedicates to
Hermes this lead, that keeps straight for pens their undeviating path, the ruler, the lead's companion and guide, the porous stone which sharpens the blunt lip of the pen, the pens and ink, mystic implements of the human voice, and the pen-knife sharp as a chopper.

— Paton edition




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