Epigram 7.467

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 280
Codex Palatinus 23 p. 281


τοῦτό τοι, Ἀρτεμίδωρε, τεῷ ἐπὶ σάματι μάτηρ
ἴαχε, δωδεκέτη σὸν γοόωσα μόρον
ὤλετ᾽ ἐμᾶς ὠδῖνος ὁ πᾶς πόνος εἰς σποδὸν εἰς πῦρ,
ὤλεθ᾽ ὁ παμμέλεος γειναμένου κάματος:
ὤλετο χἀ ποθινὰ τέρψις σέθεν ἐς γὰρ ἄκαμπτον,
ἐς τὸν ἀνόστητον χῶρον ἔβης ἐνέρων
οὐδ᾽ ἐς ἐφηβείαν ἦλθες, τέκος: ἀντὶ δὲ σεῖο
στάλα καὶ κωφὰ λείπεται ἄμμι κόνις.

— Paton edition

This is the lament thy mother, Artemidorus,
uttered over thy tomb, bewailing thy death at
twelve years of age. " All the fruit of my travail
hath perished in fire and ashes, it hath perished all
thy miserable father's toil for thee, and it hath
perished all the winsome delight of thee ; for thou
art gone to tlie land of the departed, from which there
is no turning back or home-coming. Nor didst thou
reach thy prime, my child, and in thy stead naught
is left us but thy grave-stone and dumb dust."

— Paton edition




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