possibly by Anacreon (c582BCE - c485BCE)

Eis lyran
Language: Greek (Ελληνικά) 
Thelō legein Ἀtreidas,
thelō dὲ Kadmon ἄidein,
ὁ barbitos dὲ chordaῖs
ἔrōta moῦnon ἠcheῖ.
ἤmeipsa neῦra prōēn
kaὶ tὴn lyrēn ἅpasan·
kἀgὼ mὲn ἦidon ἄthlus
Ἡrakleus, lyrē de
ἔrōtas ἀntephōnei.
chairoite loipὸn ἡmῖn,
ἥrōes· ἡ lyrē gar
monus ἔrōtas ἄidei.

Note (provided by Peter Rastl): this text might not be by Anacreon but by a later imitator. See Anacreontea quæ dicuntur secundum levesquii collationem codicis palatini recensuit, strophis suis restituit, stephani notis integris, aliorum selectis suisque, illustravit Dr. Fridericus Mehlhorn, gymnasii evangelici glogaviensis archididascalus, Glogaviæ, in Libraria Nova Guenteriana, 1825 ; also see Albin Lesky, Geschichte der griechischen Literatur, 3rd edition, 1971, Bern und München, page 210.

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