Epigram 9.85

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νῆα μὲν ὤλεσε πόντος, ἐμοὶ δ᾽ ἔπορεν πάλι δαίμων
πλαζομένῳ φύσεως νῆα ποθεινοτέρην:
πατρὸς ἰδὼν γὰρ ἐγὼ δέμας εἰς ἐμὲ καίριον ἐλθόν,
μουνερέτης ἐπέβην, φόρτος ὀφειλόμενος.

ἤγαγεν εἰς λιμένας δὲ καὶ ἔσπειρεν δὶς ὁ πρέσβυς,
νήπιον ἐν γαίῃ, δεύτερον ἐν πελάγει.

— Paton edition

The sea destroyed my boat, but Heaven bestowed on me, as I was carried hither and thither, a more welcome natural boat. For seeing my father's body coming to me opportunely, I climbed on it, a solitary oarsman, a burden which it was its duty to bear. The old man bore me to the harbour, thus giving life to me twice, on land as a babe and again at sea.

— Paton edition

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