Epigram 6.80

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 156

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Δαφνιακῶν βίβλων Ἀγαθία ἡ ἐννεάς εἰμι:
ἀλλὰ μ᾽ ὁ τεκτήνας ἄνθετο σοί, Παφίη:
οὐ γὰρ Πιερίδεσσι τόσον μέλω, ὅσσον Ἔρωτι,
ὄργια τοσσατίων ἀμφίέπουσα πόθων.

αἰτεῖ δ᾽ ἀντὶ πόνων, ἵνα οἱ διὰ σεῖο παρείη
ἤ τινα μὴ φιλέειν, ἢ ταχὺ πειθομένην.

— Paton edition

I am the nine books of Agathias’ Daphniad, and he who composed me dedicates me to thee, Aphrodite. For I am not so dear to the Muses as to Love, since I treat of the mysteries of so many loves. In return for his pains he begs thee to grant him either not to love or to love one who soon consents.

— Paton edition

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