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ἐξ ἀμφοτέρων γέγον᾿ αἵρεσις· ἐζευγνίσμεθα· τῆς φιλίης Κύπρις ἔστ᾿ ἀνάδοχος. ὀδύνη μ᾿ ἔχει, ὅταν ἀναμνησθῶ 5ὥς με κατεφίλει ’πιβούλως μέλλων με καταλιμπάν[ει]ν ἀκαταστασίης εὑρετὴς καὶ ὁ τὴν φιλίην ἐκτικώς. ἔλαβέ μ᾿ ἔρως, 10οὐκ ἀπαναίναμαι, αὐτὸν ἔχουσ᾿ ἐν τῆι διανοίαι. ἄστρα φίλα καὶ συνερῶσα πότνια νύξ μοι παράπεμψον ἔτι με νῦν πρὸς ὃν ἡ Κύπρις ἔκδοτον ἄγει με καὶ ὁ πολὺς ἔρως παραλαβών. 15συνοδηγὸν ἔχω τὸ πολὺ πῦρ τὸ ἐν τῆι ψυχῆι μου καιόμενον. ταῦτά μ᾿ ἀδικεῖ, ταῦτά μ᾿ ὀδυνᾶι. ὁ φρεναπάτης, ὁ πρὸ τοῦ μέγα φρονῶν, καὶ ὁ τὴν Κύπριν οὐ 20φάμενος εἶναι τοῦ ἐρᾶν μτίαν

  • 7Alternatively punctuate after εὑρετής (Maas)
  • 10ἀπαναίνομαι Schroeder
  • 19καὶ deleted by West to improve metre
  • 20μ᾿ ἐρᾶν West
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Popular Mime Fragments

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The choice was made by both: we were united; Aphrodite is surety for our love. Pain holds me, when I remember 5how he kissed me while treacherously intending to leave me, inventor of inconstancy and creator of love. Desire has seized me, 10I do not deny it, having him in my thoughts. Loving stars and Lady Night who shares desire with me, escort me even now to him to whom Aphrodite delivers and drives me, and the great desire that has taken hold of me. 15As guide I have the great fire that burns in my heart. These things hurt me, these things pain me. The mind-deceiver, he who formerly had high thoughts, and he who denies that Aphrodite 20shares responsibility for desire,

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.popular_mime.2003