Epigram 9.86

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Παμφάγος ἑρπηστὴς κατὰ δώματα λιχνοβόρος μῦς,
ὄστρεον ἀθρήσας χείλεσι πεπταμένον,
πώγωνος διεροῖο νόθην ὠδάξατο σάρκα
αὐτίκα δ᾽ ὀστρακόεις ἐπλατάγησε δόμος,

ἁρμόσθη δ᾽ ὀδύναισιν ὁ δ᾽ ἐν κλείθροισιν ἀφύκτοις
ληφθεὶς αὐτοφόνον τύμβον ἐπεσπάσατο.

— Paton edition

An omnivorous, crawling, lickerish mouse, seeing in the house an oyster with its lips open, had a bite at its flesh-like wet beard. Immediately the house of shell closed tightly with a clap owing to the pain, and the mouse, locked in the prison from which there was no escape, compassed for himself death and the tomb.

— Paton edition

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