Monday, 4 February 2019

A man wounded by a rabid dog - Paulus Silentiarius

A man wounded by a rabid dog's venom sees, they say,
the beast's image in all water.

Surely mad Love has fixed his bitter tooth in me,
and made my soul the prey of his frenzies;

for both the sea and the eddies of rivers
and the wine-carrying cup show me thy image, beloved.

Paulus Silentiarius (Paul the Silentiary) (? - 580) Turkey
Translated by J. W. Mackail
Source: Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology by J. W. Mackail, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1890

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