Epigram 9.390

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παισὶν ἐπὶ προτέροις ἤδη τρίτον ἐν πυρὶ μήτηρ
θεῖσα, καὶ ἀπλήστῳ δαίμονι μεμφομένη,

τέτρατον ἄλγος ἔτικτε, καὶ οὐκ ἀνέμεινεν ἀδήλους
ἐλπίδας, ἐν δὲ πυρὶ ζωὸν ἔθηκε βρέφος,


οὐ θρέψω λέξασα:
τί γὰρ πλέον; Ἄϊδι μαστοὶ

κάμνετε: κερδήσω πένθος ἀμοχθότερον.

— Paton edition

A mother who had laid on the pyre her third
child after losing the others too, reviling insatiate
Death, on giving birth to a fourth sorrow would not
wait, nourishing uncertain hope, but threw the child
alive in the fire. " I will nob rear it," she said.
" What profits it ? My paps, ye toil for Hades. I
shall gain mourning with less trouble."

— Paton edition

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