Epigram 9.401

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ἡ φύσις ἐξεῦρεν, φιλίης θεσμοὺς ἀγαπῶσα,
τῶν ἀποδημούντων ὄργανα συντυχίης,
τὸν κάλαμον, χάρτην, τὸ μέλαν, τὰ χαράγματα, χειρός,
σύμβολα τῆς ψυχῆς τηλόθεν ἀχνυμένης.

— Paton edition

Nature, loving the duties of friendship, invented
instruments by which absent friends can converse,
pens, paper, ink, handwriting, tokens of the heart
that mourns afar off.

— Paton edition

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