Epigram 9.517

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Codex Palatinus 23, p.445

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Ὀρφεὺς θῆρας ἔπειθε, σὺ δ᾽ Ὀρφέα: Φοῖβος ἐνίκα
τὸν Φρύγα, σοὶ δ᾽ εἴκει μελπομένῳ, Γλάφυρε,
οὔνομα καὶ τέχνης καὶ σώματος. οὔ κεν Ἀθήνη
ἔρριψεν λωτοὺς τοῖα μελιζομένη,

οἷα σὺ ποικιλοτερπές: ἀφυπνώσαι κεν ἀκούων
αὐτὸς Πασιθέης Ὕπνος ἐν ἀγκαλίσιν.

— Paton edition

Orpheus charmed beasts and thou charmest Or-
pheus. Phoebus vanquished the Phrygian,¹ but he
yields to thee when thou playest, Glaphyrus — the
name² suits both thy art and thy person. Athena
would never have thrown the flute away³ had she
made such music as thou, master of varied delight.
Sleep himself, lying in Pasithea's arms, would awake
if he heard thee.

— Paton edition

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#1

Paton Edition: 1 Marsyas.

2 = refined.

3 Athena invented the flute, but threw it away in disgust as playing it disfigured her.

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