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Elegiac Poetry

Elegiac Poems

Book I

1–4

ὦ ἄνα, Λητοῦς υἱέ, Διὸς τέκος, οὔποτε σεῖο λήσομαι ἀρχόμενος οὐδ᾿ ἀποπαυόμενος, ἀλλ᾿ αἰεὶ πρῶτόν τε καὶ ὕστατον ἔν τε μέσοισιν ἀείσω· σὺ δέ μοι κλῦθι καὶ ἐσθλὰ δίδου.

5–10

5Φοῖβε ἄναξ, ὅτε μέν σε θεὰ τέκε πότνια Λητώ, φοίνικος ῥαδινῇς χερσὶν ἐφαψαμένη,

  • 6ῥαδινῆς codd. plerique
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Theognis

Elegiac Poems

Book I

1–4

O lord, son of Leto, child of Zeus,1 I will never forget you at the beginning or at the end, but I will ever sing of you first, last, and in between; and do you give ear to me and grant me success.

5–10

Lord Phoebus, when the august goddess Leto gave birth to you, fairest of the immortals, as she clasped

  • 1Apollo.
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.theognis-elegiac_poems.1999