Epigram 9.439

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On a Skull

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βρέγμα πάλαι λαχναῖον, ἐρημαῖόν τε κέλυφος
ὄμματος, ἀγλώσσου θ᾽ ἁρμονίη στόματος,
ψυχῆς ἀσθενὲς ἕρκος., ἀτυμβεύτου θανάτοιο
λείψανον, εἰνόδιον δάκρυ παρερχομένων,

κεῖσο πέλας πρέμνοιο παρ᾽ ἀτραπόν, ὄφρα μάθῃ τις
ἀθρήσας, τί πλέον φειδομένῳ βιότου.

— Paton edition

Once hairy crown, deserted shell of the eye,
fabric of the tongueless mouth, feeble fence of
the brain, relic of the unburied dead, set by the
wayside to draw a tear from passers-by, thou liest
there by the path near the tree-trunk, that looking
on thee we may learn what profit there is in being
thrifty of life.

— Paton edition

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Scholia

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