[Theocritus], Panpipe

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PATTERN POEMS

ΘΕΟΚΡΙΤΟΥ ΣΥΡΙΓΞ

  • 1AP 15.21; Buc. codd. aliquot
  • 10 τ’ ἐξήλασεν Haeberlin: τε m: τ’ ἀφείλετο m
  • 13 ᾇ Hecker: ἀεὶ m: ὦ m
  • 16 χαρεὶς Hecker: χαίροις M
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PATTERN POEMS

THEOCRITUS (?) THE PANPIPE

The bedfellow of Nobody and mother of Far-war1 gave birth to the swift director of the nurse who stood in for a stone,2 not the Horned One who was once nurtured by a bull father,3 but he whose mind was once set on fire by the p-lacking shield rim,4 Whole by name, double in nature,5 who loved the voice-dividing girl, swift as the wind and with human speech,6 him who put together a shrill wound7 for the violet-crowned Muse to represent his fiery love,8 who extinguished the might that sounded like a man who murdered his grandfather, and drove it out of the Tyrian girl.9 To him Paris son of Simichus dedicated the lovely possession of the carriers of blindness.10 May it please your soul, man-treading gadfly of the Lydian woman,11 son of a thief and son of no one, coffer limbed,12 and may you play it sweetly to a girl who has no voice of her own but is an unseen Calliope.13

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.theocritus-pattern_poem.2015