Epigram 9.52

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Codex Palatinus 23, p. 365

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ἰχθύας ἀγκίστρῳ τις ἀπ᾽ ᾐόνος εὔτριχι βάλλων
εἵλκυσε ναυηγοῦ κρᾶτα λιποτριχέα.
οἰκτείρας δὲ νέκυν τὸν ἀσώματον, ἐξ ἀσώματον
χειρὸς ἐπισκάπτων λιτὸν ἔχωσε τάφον.

εὗρε δὲ κευθόμενον χρυσοῦ κτέαρ. ἦ ῥα δικαίοις
ἀνδράσιν εὐσεβίης οὐκ ἀπόλωλε χάρις.

— Paton edition

A man, angling on the beach with a hook attached to a fine hair line, brought to shore the hairless head of a shipwrecked man. Pitying the bodiless corpse, he dug a little grave with his hands, having no tool, and found there hidden a treasure of gold. Of a truth then righteous men lose not the reward of piety.

— Paton edition

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