possibly by Anacreon (c582BCE - c485BCE)
Translation by Johann Heinrich Friedrich Meinecke (1745 - 1825)

Εις λυραν
Language: Greek (Ελληνικά) 
Θέλω λέγειν Ἀτρείδας,
θέλω δὲ Κάδμον ἄιδειν,
ὁ βάρβιτος δὲ χορδαῖς
ἔρωτα μοῦνον ἠχεῖ.
	
ἤμειψα νεῦρα πρώην
καὶ τὴν λύρην ἅπασαν·
κἀγὼ μὲν ἦιδον ἄθλους
Ἡρακλέους, λύρη δέ
ἔρωτας ἀντεφώνει.
	
χαίροιτε λοιπὸν ἡμῖν,
ἥρωες· ἡ λύρη γάρ
μόνους ἔρωτας ἄιδει.

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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Ich will von den Atriden
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Greek (Ελληνικά) 
Available translation(s): ENG ITA SPA
Ich will von den Atriden, 
Ich will von Kadmus singen:
Doch meiner Leyer Saiten 
Ertönen nur vom Amor.

Jüngst wechselt' ich die Saiten, 
Und dann die Leyer selber,
Und wollte nun die Kämpfe
Des Herkules besingen:

Allein die Leyer tönte 
Ein Lied von Liebe wieder.
So lebt denn wohl, ihr Helden! 
Denn meine Leyer singet
Von nichts als Liebesgöttern.

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Confirmed with Johann Heinrich Friedrich Meinecke: Anakreons Gedichte, nebst zwey andern anakreonitschen Gedichten, und den Oden der Sappho. Aus dem Griechischen in die Versarten des Originals übersetzt. Leipzig, bey Weidmanns Erben und Reich. 1776, page 21.


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  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "To the lyre", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Alla lira", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website: 2003-10-20 00:00:00
Last modified: 2018-08-08 08:46:37
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Word count: 59