Wednesday, August 21, 2013


An Offering to Pan

Greek Anthology 6.42 (tr. W.R. Paton):
Poor Alcimenes, having tasted the gifts of fruitful summer in a little garden, when he brought to Pan as a present an apple, a fig, and some water, said: “Thou givest me from thy treasury the good things of life; so accept these, the fruits from the garden and the water from thy rock, and give me in return more than thou hast received.”

Ἀλκιμένης ὁ πενιχρὸς ἐπὶ σμικρῷ τινι κήπῳ
  τοῦ φιλοκαρποφόρου γευσάμενος θέρεος,
ἰσχάδα καὶ μῆλον καὶ ὕδωρ γέρα Πανὶ κομίζων,
  εἶπε· σύ μοι βιότου τῶν ἀγαθῶν ταμίας·
ὧν τὰ μὲν ἐκ κήποιο, τὰ δ᾽ ὑμετέρης ἀπὸ πέτρης
  δέξο, καὶ ἀντιδιδοὺς δὸς πλέον ὧν ἔλαβες.
Latin translation by Hugo Grotius:
Alcimenes parvis regnat qui pauper in hortis,
  Nactus ut aestatis tempora laeta fuit:
Aridulam ficum, malum quod fragrat, aquamque
  Do tibi, Pan, nostris auctor habende bonis.
Ex hortis nempe illa, tua de ruре sed istam
  Accipe, et acceptis da, rogo, plura mihi.

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