Monday, January 30, 2017


Carpe Diem

Greek Anthology 10.100, lines 1-4 (by Antiphanes; tr. W.R. Paton):
Brief would be the whole span of life that we wretched men
live, even if grey old age awaited us all,
and briefer yet is the space of our prime. Therefore, while the season is ours,
let all be in plenty, song, love, carousal.

ἀνθρώποις ὀλίγος μὲν ὁ πᾶς χρόνος, ὅν ποτε δειλοὶ
   ζῶμεν, κἢν πολιὸν γῆρας ἅπασι μένῃ·
τῆς δ᾿ ἀκμῆς καὶ μᾶλλον. ὅτ᾿ οὖν χρόνος ὥριος ἡμῖν,
   πάντα χύδην ἔστω, ψαλμός, ἔρως, προπόσεις.

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