Epigram 9.444

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καλὰ τὰ παρθενίης κειμήλια: παρθενίη δὲ
τὸν βίον ὤλεσς1᾽ ἂν πᾶσι φυλασσομένη.
τοὔνεκεν εὐθέσμως ἄλοχον λάβε, καί τινα κόσμῳ
δὸς βροτὸν ἀντὶ σέθεν: φεῦγε δὲ μαχλοσύνην.

— Paton edition

Fair are the treasures of virginity, but if it were
observed by all it would put an end to life. There-
fore live in lawful wedlock, and give a mortal to the
world to replace thee ; but avoid lechery.

— Paton edition

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