Epigram 6.89

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 157

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ἀκταίης νησῖδος ἁλιξάντοισι, Πρίηπε,
χοιράσι καὶ τρηχεῖ τερπόμενε σκοπέλῳ,
σοὶ Πάρις ὀστρακόδερμον ὑπ᾽ εὐθήροισι δαμέντα
ὁ γριπεὺς καλάμοις κάραβον ἐκρέμασεν.

σάρκα μὲν ἔμπυρον αὐτὸς ὑφ᾽ ἡμίβρωτον ὀδόντα
θεὶς μάκαρ, αὐτὸ δὲ σοὶ τοῦτο πόρε σκύβαλον.
τῷ σὺ δίδου μὴ πολλά, δι᾽ εὐάγρου δὲ λίνοιο,
δαῖμον, ὑλακτούσης νηδύος ἡσυχίην.

— Paton edition

Priapus, who dost delight in the sea-worn rocks of this island near the coast, and in its rugged peak, to thee doth Paris the fisherman dedicate this hard-shelled lobster which he overcame by his lucky rod. Its flesh he roasted and enjoyed munching with his half-decayed teeth, but this its shell he gave to thee. Therefore give him no great gift, kind god, but enough catch from his nets to still his barking belly.

— Paton edition

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