Epigram 9.381

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On Hero and Leander

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ἀκτῇ ἐπὶ προὐχούσῃ, ἐπὶ πλατεῖ Ἑλλησπόντῳ,
παρθένος αἰδοίη ὑπερώιον εἰσαναβᾶσα
πύργῳ ἐφειστήκει γοόωσά τε μυρομένη τε:
χρύσεον λύχνον ἔχουσα, φάος περικαλλὲς ἐποίει,

κεῖνον ὀιομένη τὸν κάμμορον, εἴ ποθεν ἔλθοι
νηχόμενος — καὶ λαῖτμα τάχισθ᾽ ἁλὸς ἐκπεράασκε

νύκτα δι᾽ ἀμβροσίην, ὅτε θ᾽ εὕδουσι βροτοὶ ἄλλοι:
ῥόχθει γὰρ μέγα κῦμα ποτὶ ξερὸν ἠπείροιο.
ὅσσαι γὰρ νύκτες τε καὶ ἡμέραι ἐκγεγάασι,

παρθένος ἠίθεὸς τ᾽ ὀαρίζετον ἀλλήλοισιν,
εἰς εὐνὴν φοιτῶντε, φίλους λήθοντε τοκῆας,
οἳ Σηστὸν καὶ Ἄβυδον ἔχον καὶ δῖαν Ἀρίσβην.

— Paton edition

On a projecting shore on the broad Hellespont a
modest maiden, having mounted to an upper chamber,
stood in the tower lamenting and wailing. Holding
a golden lamp she gave beautiful light, brooding on
that unhappy man, would he come or not swimming.
— And he swiftly passed across the depth of the sea,
through the ambrosial night when other mortals
sleep, for a great wave surged towards the dry land
of the continent. For as many days and nights as
pass, the young man and maiden converse with each
other, going to bed together without the knowledge
of their dear parents, who inhabit Sestos, and Abydus,
and divine Arisbe.

— Paton edition

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