Epigram 9.73

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Εὐβοϊκοῦ κόλποιο παλινδίνητε θάλασσα,
πλαγκτὸν ὕδωρ, ἰδίοις ῥεύμασιν ἀντίπαλον,
ἠελίῳ κἠν νυκτὶ τεταγμένον ἐς τρίς, ἄπιστον
ναυσὶν ὅσον πέμπεις χεῦμα δανειζόμενον

θαῦμα βίου, θαμβῶ σε τὸ μυρίον, οὑ δὲ ματεύω
σὴν στάσιν ἀρρήτῳ ταῦτα μέμηλε φύσει.

— Paton edition

O alternating flood of the Euboean gulf, vagabond water, running contrary to thy own current, how strong but inconstant a stream thou lendest to the ships, changing its direction regularly thrice by day and thrice by night! Thou art one of the marvels of life, and I am filled with infinite wonder at thee, but do not seek the reason of thy factious course. It is the business and secret of Nature.

— Paton edition

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Peuples, lieux

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