Epigram 9.89

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λιμὸν ὀιζυρὴν ἀπαμυνομένη πολύγηρως
Νικὼ σὺν κούραις ἠκρολόγει στάχυας:
ὤλετο δ᾽ ἐκ θάλπους: τῇ δ᾽ ἐκ καλάμης συνέριθοι
νῆσαν πυρκαϊὴν ἄξυλον ἀσταχύων.

μὴ νεμέσα, Δήμητερ, ἀπὸ χθονὸς εἰ βροτὸν οὖσαν
κοῦραι τοῖς γαίης σπέρμασιν ἠμφίεσαν.

— Paton edition

Ancient Nico, fending off distressful famine, was gleaning the ears of corn with the girls, and perished from the heat. Her fellow-labourers piled up for her a woodless funeral pyre from the straw of the corn. Be not wrathful, Demeter, if the maidens clothed a child of Earth in the fruits of the earth.

— Paton edition

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