Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Meleager's Cicada Poem

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Meleager's Cicada Poem
Written in the frist Century BCE

χηεις τέττιξ, δροσεραῖς σταγόνεσσι μεθυσθείς,

γρονόμαν μέλπεις μοῦσαν ἐρημολάλον.

κρα δ᾿ ἐφεζόμενος πετάλοις, πριονώδεσι κώλοις.

αἰθίοπι κλάζεις χρωτμέλισμαλύρας.

ἀλλά, φλος, θθέγγου τι νέον δενδρώδεσι

παίγνιον,ντῳδὸν Πανκρέκων κέλαδον,

φρα φυγὼν τὸν Ἔρωτα, μεσηβρινὸν ὕπνον

ἐνθάδ᾿ ὑπὸ σκιερκεκλιμένος πλατάν

Clear sounding Cicada drunken with dewy drops
Rural music you sing chattering in the wilderness
and sitting upon on the edge of leaves with saw shaped limbs
with your sunburnt body you shriek lyre like melody
but friend speak some new song for the woodland spirits
a response to pan's striking noise
that fleeing Eros noon tide sleep I will catch 
here under the shade of the elm lying down.

As well as being a lovely poem there is a beautiful variety of dative forms from all declensions in this poem and note that it is also a request for the Cicada to sing so that the woodland spirits will protect him from Pan .