Saturday, November 06, 2021


Death the Healer

Diphilus, fragment 88 Kassel-Austin (tr. William Wilson):
There is no life which has not its own ills,
Pains, cares, thefts, and anxieties, disease;
And Death, as a physician, coming, gives
Rest to their victims in his quiet sleep.

οὐκ ἔστι βίος ὃς οὐχὶ κέκτηται κακά,
λύπας, μερίμνας, ἁρπαγάς, στρέβλας, νόσους·
τούτων ὁ θάνατος καθάπερ ἰατρὸς φανεὶς
ἀνέπαυσε τοὺς ἔχοντας ἀναπαύσας ὕπνῳ.

1 οὐχὶ Sylburg: οὐ codd.
2 ἁρπαγάς codd.: ἀγχόνας Herwerden
4 ἀνέπαυσεν codd.: ἀπέλυσε Valcknaer
Related post: Doctor Death.

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