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50.—ΜΙΜΝΕΡΜΟΥ

Τὴν σαυτοῦ φρένα τέρπε· δυσηλεγέων δὲ πολιτῶν ἄλλος τίς σε κακῶς, ἄλλος ἄμεινον ἐρεῖ.

51.—ΠΛΑΤΩΝΟΣ

Αἰὼν πάντα φέρει· δολιχὸς χρόνος οἶδεν ἀμείβειν οὔνομα καὶ μορφὴν καὶ φύσιν ἠδὲ τύχην.

A. Esdaile, , April, 1910.

52.—ΚΑΡΠΥΛΛΙΔΟΥ

Ἰχθύας ἀγκίστρῳ τις ἀπ᾿ ᾐόνος εὔτριχι βάλλων εἵλκυσε ναυηγοῦ κρᾶτα λιποτριχέα. οἰκτείρας δὲ νέκυν τὸν ἀσώματον, ἐξ ἀσιδήρου χειρὸς ἐπισκάπτων λιτὸν ἔχωσε τάφον· 5εὗρε δὲ κευθόμενον χρυσοῦ κτέαρ. ἦ ῥα δικαίοις ἀνδράσιν εὐσεβίης οὐκ ἀπόλωλε χάρις.

53.—ΝΙΚΟΔΗΜΟΥ, οἱ δὲ ΒΑΣΣΟΥ

Ἱπποκράτης φάος ἦν μερόπων, καὶ σώετο λαῶν ἔθνεα, καὶ νεκύων ἦν σπάνις εἰν ἀΐδῃ.

54.—ΜΕΝΕΚΡΑΤΟΥΣ

Γῆρας ἐπὰν μὲν ἀπῇ, πᾶς εὔχεται· ἢν δέ ποτ᾿ ἔλθῃ, μέμφεται· ἔστι δ᾿ ἀεὶ κρεῖσσον ὀφειλόμενον.

55.—ΛΟΥΚΙΛΛΙΟΥ, οἱ δὲ ΜΕΝΕΚΡΑΤΟΥΣΣΑΜΙΟΥ

Εἴ τις γηράσας ζῇν εὔχεται, ἄξιός ἐστι γηράσκειν πολλῶν εἰς ἐτέων δεκάδας.

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Book IX

50.—Mimnermus

(Not an Epigram, but a Couplet from an Elegy)

Rejoice thy own heart, but of thy ill-disposed countrymen one shall speak ill of thee and another well.

51.—Plato

Time brings everything; length of years can change names, forms, nature, and fortune.

52.—Carpyllides

A man, angling on the beach with a hook attached to a fine hair line, brought to shore the hairless head of a shipwrecked man. Pitying the bodiless corpse, he dug a little grave with his hands, having no tool, and found there hidden a treasure of gold. Of a truth then righteous men lose not the reward of piety.

53.—Nicodemus or Bassus

Hippocrates was the light of mankind; whole peoples were saved by him, and there was a scarcity of dead in Hades.

54.—Menecrates

Everyone prays for old age when it is still absent, but finds fault with it when it comes. It is always better while it is still owing to us.

55.—Lucilius or Menecrates of Samos

If anyone who has reached old age prays for life, he deserves to go on growing old for many decades.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.greek_anthology_9.1917