Epigram 9.443

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μή ποτε κοιλήνῃς παφίῃ νόον ἀντιτύπου γὰρ
εὐθὺς ἀποθρώσκει κοῦφος Ἔρως κραδίης.
οἶστρος ὀλισθήεσσαν ἔχει φύσιν: ἤν τις ὀιστοῦ
ἄκρον ἕλῃ φλογεροῦ, δύεται ἐντὸς ὅλος.

ἐλπίδι μὴ θέλξῃς φρένα μαχλάδι: γυιοβόρον γὰρ
πῦρ ὑποριπίζει, θυμὸν ἐφελκομένη. ^

— Paton edition

Open not the recesses of thy mind to Aphrodite,
for light Love at once rebounds from a heart that is
hardened. The nature of passion is insinuating ; if
one receives the tip of the flaming arrow, the whole
of it penetrates. Flatter not thy mind with lascivious
hope, for it attracts the spirit and fans the consuming
fire.

— Paton edition

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