Epigram 7.404

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 267


ψυχράν σευ κεφαλᾶς ἐπαμήσομαι αἰγιαλῖτιν
θῖνα κατὰ κρυεροῦ χευάμενος νέκυος:
οὐ γάρ σευ μήτηρ ἐπιτύμβια κωκύουσα
εἶδεν ἁλίξαντον σὸν μόρον εἰνάλιον

ἀλλὰ σ᾽ ἐρημαῖοί τε καὶ ἄξεινοι πλαταμῶνες
δέξαντ᾽ Αἰγαίης γείτονες ἠιόνος:
ὥστ᾽ ἔχε μὲν ψαμάθου μόριον βραχύ, πουλὺ δὲ δάκρυ,
ξεῖν᾽, ἐπεὶ εἰς ὀλοὴν ἔδραμες ἐμπορίην.

— Paton edition

On thy head I will heap the cold shingle of the beach, shedding it on thy cold corpse. For never did thy mother wail over thy tomb or see the sea-battered body of her shipwrecked son. But the desert and inhospitable strand of the Aegean shore received thee. So take this little portion of sand, stranger, and many a tear; for fated was the journey on which thou didst set out to trade.

— Paton edition



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