Epigram 7.716

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 320

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πρώιος, ἀλλὰ ποθεινὸς ὅσοι πόλιν Ἰαλύσοιο
ναίομεν, εἰς Λήθης πικρὸν ἔδυς πέλαγος,
δρεψάμενος σοφίην ὀλίγον χρόνον ἀμφὶ δὲ τύμβῳ
σεῖο καὶ ἀκλαυτοι γλαῦκες ἔθεντο γόον,
Φαινόκριτ᾽ οὐδὲν ὅμοιον ἐπεσσομένοισιν ἀοιδὸς
φθέγξεται, ἀνθρώπους ἄχρι φέρωσι πόδες.

— Paton edition

Too early and missed by all us who dwell in the city
of lalysus, hast thou sunk, Phaenocritus, into the sea
of oblivion, after plucking for a brief time the flowers
of wisdom ; and round thy tomb the very owls that
never shed tears lamented. No singer shall ever
sing as thou didst to future generations as long as
men walk upon their feet.

— Paton edition

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