Epigram 9.72

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εὔκολος Ἑρμείας, ὦ ποιμένες, ἐν δὲ γάλακτι
χαίρων καὶ δρυΐνῳ σπενδομένοις μέλιτι:
ἀλλ᾽ οὐχ Ἡρακλέης: ἕνα δὲ κτίλον ἢ παχὺν ἄρνα
αἰτεῖ, καὶ πάντως ἓν θύος ἐκλέγεται.

ἀλλὰ λύκους εἴργει. τί δὲ τὸ πλέον, εἰ τὸ φυλαχθὲν
ὄλλυται εἴτε λύκοις, εἴθ᾽ ὑπὸ τοῦ φύλακος;

— Paton edition

Hermes, ye shepherds, is easily contented, rejoicing in libations of milk and honey from the oak-tree, but not so Heracles. He demands a ram or fat lamb, or in any case a whole victim. But he keeps off the wolves. What profits that, when the sheep he protects if not slain by the wolf is slain by its protector?

— Paton edition

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