Epigram 7.420

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 270


ἐλπίδες ἀνθρώπων, ἐλαφραὶ θεαὶ — οὐ γὰρ ἂν ὧδε
Λέσβον᾽ ὁ λυσιμελὴς ἀμφεκάλυψ᾽ Ἀίδης,
ὅς ποτε καὶ βασιλῆι συνέδραμε, — ναὶ μετ᾽ Ἐρώτων
χαίρετε κουφόταται δαίμονες ἀθανάτων.
αὐλοὶ δ᾽ ἄφθεγκτοι καὶ ἀπευθέες, οἷς ἐνέπνευσε,
κεῖσθ᾽, ἐπεὶ οὐ θιάσους οἶδ᾽ Ἀχέρων.

— Paton edition

Ye Hopes of men, light goddesses — for never,
were ye not so, had Hades, who bringeth our
strength to naught, covered Lesbon, once as blest as
the Great King — yea, ye Hopes and ye Loves too,
lightest of all deities, farewell ! And ye, the flutes
he once breathed in, must lie dumb and unheard ;
for Acheron knoweth no troops of musicians.

— Paton edition



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