Epigram 7.261

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 245

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τί πλέον εἰς ὠδῖνα πονεῖν, τί δὲ τέκνα τεκέσθαι,
ἣ τέκοι εἰ μέλλει παιδὸς ὁρᾶν θάνατον;
ἠιθέῳ γὰρ σῆμα Βιάνορι χεύατο μήτηρ:
ἔπρεπε δ᾽ ἐκ παιδὸς μητέρα τοῦδε τυχεῖν.

— Paton edition

What profits it to labour in childbirth and bring
forth children if she who bears them is to see them
dead ! So his mother built the tomb for her little
Bianor, while he should have done this for his
mother.

— Paton edition

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