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Menander, fragment 1 Kassel and Austin (tr. Francis G. Allinson):
Greeting, O dear my country, long the time gone by
Till now I see and kiss thee. Not to every land
Would I do this, but only when I see my own
Home place. The spot that bred me, this I count a god.

χαῖρ', ὦ φίλη γῆ, διὰ χρόνου πολλοῦ σ' ἰδὼν
ἀσπάζομαι· τουτὶ γὰρ οὐ πᾶσαν ποιῶ
τὴν γῆν, ὅταν δὲ τοὐμὸν ἐσίδω χωρίον·
τὸ γὰρ τρέφον με τοῦτ' ἐγὼ κρίνω θεόν.

3 ἐσίδω codd.: ἐπίδω Elmsley

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