Epigram 9.92

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ἀρκεῖ τέττιγας μεθύσαι δρόσος: ἀλλὰ πιόντες
ἀείδειν κύκνων εἰσὶ γεγωνότεροι.
ὣς καὶ ἀοιδὸς ἀνήρ, ξενίων χάριν, ἀνταποδοῦναι
ὕμνους εὐέρκταις οἶδε, παθὼν ὀλίγα.

τοὔνεκά σοι πρώτως μὲν ἀμείβομαι: ἢν δ᾽ ἐθέλωσιν
Μοῖραι, πολλάκι μοι κείσεαι ἐν σελίσιν.

— Paton edition

A little dew is enough to make the cicadas tipsy, but when they have drunk they sing louder than swans. So can the singer who has received hospitality repay his benefactors with song for their little gifts. Therefore first I send thee these lines of thanks, and if the Fates consent thou shalt be often written in my pages.

— Paton edition

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