Epigram 7.731

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 323

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ἄμπελος ὣς ἤδη κάμακι στηρίζομαι αὐτῷ
σκηπανίῳ: καλέει μ᾽ εἰς ἀίδην Θάνατος.
δυσκώφει μὴ Γόργε: τί τοι χαριέστερον, ἢ τρεῖς
ἢ πίσυρας ποίας θάλψαι ὑπ᾽ ἠελίῳ;
ὧδ᾽ εἴπας οὐ κόμπῳ, ἀπὸ ζωὴν ὁ παλαιὸς
ὤσατο, κἠς πλεόνων ἦλθε μετοικεσίην.

— Paton edition

" I am already supported only on a stick, like a vine
on a stake ; Death calls me to Hades. Stop not thy
ears, Gorgus. What further pleasure hast thou in
basking in the sun yet for three or four summers ?"
So speaking in no braggart strain the old man cast
away his life and settled in the abode of the greater
number.

— Paton edition

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