Musaeus, Hero and Leander

LCL 421: 344-345

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ΜΟΥΣΑΙΟΥ ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΙΚΟΥ ΤΑ ΚΑΘ᾿ ἩΡΩ ΚΑΙ ΛΕΑΝΔΡΟΝ

Εἰπέ, θεά, κρυφίων ἐπιμάρτυρα λύχνον ἐρώτων καὶ νύχιον πλωτῆρα θαλασσοπόρων ὑμεναίων καὶ γάμον ἀχλυόεντα, τὸν οὐκ ἴδεν ἄφθιτος Ἠώς, καὶ Σηστὸν καὶ Ἄβυδον, ὅπῃ γάμον ἔννυχον1 Ἡροῦς νηχόμενόν τε Λέανδρον ὁμοῦ καὶ λύχνον ἀκούω,5 λύχνον ἀπαγγέλλοντα διακτορίην Ἀφροδίτης, Ἡροῦς νυκτιγάμοιο γαμοστόλον ἀγγελιώτην, λύχνον, Ἔρωτος ἄγαλμα, τὸν ὤφελεν αἰθέριος Ζεὺς

  • 1γάμον ἔννυχον Ludwich, constr., cp. 75 and pap. Oxy. 2. 214 r. 10 s.: -ος -ος mss. (with full stop after Ἡροῦς).
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Hero and Leander

Musaeus Hero and Leander

Tell of the lamp, O goddess,a the witness of hidden loves,b And of the one who swam by night, to sea-borne spousals, And the darkling marriage-bond, unseen by deathless Dawn. And Sestos and Abydos,c where I hear of the midnight bridals Of Hero, of Leander swimming, and thereto of the lamp5 The lamp that beaconed forth Aphrodite’s ministry, Courier of night-wed Hero, furnisher-forth of wedding, The lamp, love’s glory; would Zeus of the aether had brought it,

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.musaeus-hero_leander.1973