Greek Anthology

5ὤλεο γάρ· σὲ δὲ πολλὰ κατωδύραντο θύγατρες Μναμοσύνας, μάτηρ δ᾿ ἔξοχα Καλλιόπα. τί φθιμένοις στοναχεῦμεν ἐφ᾿ υἱάσιν, ἁνίκ᾿ ἀλαλκεῖν τῶν παίδων Ἀΐδην οὐδὲ θεοῖς δύναμις;


Ὀρφέα Θρηϊκίῃσι παρὰ προμολῇσιν Ὀλύμπου τύμβος ἔχει, Μούσης υἱέα Καλλιόπης, ᾧ δρύες οὐκ ἀπίθησαν, ὅτῳ σὺν ἅμ᾿ ἕσπετο πέτρη ἄψυχος, θηρῶν θ᾿ ὑλονόμων ἀγέλα, 5ὅς ποτε καὶ τελετὰς μυστηρίδας εὕρετο Βάκχου, καὶ στίχον ἡρῴῳ ζευκτὸν ἔτευξε ποδί, ὃς καὶ ἀμειλίκτοιο βαρὺ Κλυμένοιο νόημα καὶ τὸν ἀκήλητον θυμὸν ἔθελξε λύρᾳ.


Καλλιόπης Ὀρφῆα καὶ Οἰάγροιο θανόντα ἔκλαυσαν ξανθαὶ μυρία Βιστονίδες· στικτοὺς δ᾿ ᾑμάξαντο βραχίονας, ἀμφιμελαίνῃ δευόμεναι σποδιῇ Θρηΐκιον πλόκαμον· 5καὶ δ᾿ αὐταὶ στοναχεῦντι σὺν εὐφόρμιγγι Λυκείῳ ἔρρηξαν Μοῦσαι δάκρυα Πιερίδες, μυρόμεναι τὸν ἀοιδόν· ἐπωδύραντο δὲ πέτραι καὶ δρύες, ἃς ἐρατῇ τὸ πρὶν ἔθελγε λύρῃ.


Ὁ γλυκὺς Ἠρίννης οὗτος πόνος, οὐχὶ πολὺς μέν, ὡς ἂν παρθενικᾶς ἐννεακαιδεκέτευς,


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the roaring sea. For dead thou art; and the daughters of Mnemosyne bewailed thee much, and before all thy mother Calliope. Why sigh we for our dead sons, when not even the gods have power to protect their children from death?


On the Same

The tomb on the Thracian skirts of Olympus holds Orpheus, son of the Muse Calliope; whom the trees disobeyed not and the lifeless rocks followed, and the herds of the forest beasts; who discovered the mystic rites of Bacchus, and first linked verse in heroic feet; who charmed with his lyre even the heavy sense of the implacable Lord of Hell, and his unyielding wrath.


On the Same

The fair-haired daughters of Bistonia shed a thousand tears for Orpheus dead, the son of Calliope and Oeagrus; they stained their tattooed arms with blood, and dyed their Thracian locks with black ashes. The very Muses of Pieria, with Apollo, the master of the lute, burst into tears mourning for the singer, and the rocks moaned, and the trees, that erst he charmed with his lovely lyre.


On Erinna (inscribed on a Volume of her Poems)

This is the sweet work of Erinna, not great indeed in volume, as being that of a maiden of nineteen,

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.greek_anthology_7.1917