Epigram 9.22

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Codex Palatinus 23, p. 361

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νηδύι βριθομένην δάμαλιν Λητωίδι κούρῃ]
στῆσαν νηοκόροι θῦμα χαριζόμενοι, .
ἧς ἀίδην μέλλοντα προέφθασεν εὔστοχος ὠδίς,
πέμφθη δ᾽ εἰς ἀγέλην τεκνογονεῖν ἄφετος.

ἡ θεὸς ὠδίνων γὰρ ἐπίσκοπος οὐδ᾽ ἐδίκαζεν
τικτούσας κτείνειν, ἃς ἐλεεῖν ἔμαθεν.

— Paton edition

The temple servants destined as an acceptable sacrifice to Latona's daughter a heifer big with young: but happy birth-pangs anticipated her approaching death, and she was sent to the herd to bear her child in freedom. For the goddess who presides over child-bed deemed it not right to slay creatures in labour, having learnt to pity them.

— Paton edition

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