Epigram 9.78

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μὴ μέμψῃ μ᾽ ἀπέπειρον ἀεὶ θάλλουσαν ὀπώρην
ἀχράδα, τὴν καρποῖς πάντοτε βριθομένην.
ὁππόσα γὰρ κλαδεῶσι πεπαίνομεν, ἄλλος ἐφέλκει:
ὁππόσα δ᾽ ὠμὰ μένει, μητρὶ περικρέμαται.

— Paton edition

Do not, master, find fault with me, the wild pear-tree, ever loaded with unripe fruit. For the pears which I ripen on my branches are pilfered by another than yourself, but the unripe ones remain hanging round their mother.

— Paton edition

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