Epigram 7.375

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 261

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δώματά μοι σεισθέντα κατήριπεν: ἀλλ᾽ ἐμὸς ἀπτὼς
ἦν θάλαμος, τοίχων ὀρθὰ τιναξαμένων,
οἷς ὑποφωλεύουσαν ὑπήλυθον αἱ κακόμοιροι
ὠδῖνες: σεισμῷ δ᾽ ἄλλον ἔμιξα φόβον.

μαῖα δέ μοι λοχίων αὐτὴ φύσις: ἀμφότεροι δὲ
κοινὸν ὑπὲρ γαίης εἴδομεν ἠέλιον.

— Paton edition

My house collapsed with the earthquake; yet my chamber remained erect, as its walls stood the shock. There while I lay, as if hiding in a cave, the unhappy labour-pains overtook me, and another dread was mingled with that of the earthquake. Nature herself was the midwife, and the child and I both together saw the sun above the earth.

— Paton edition

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