by Meleager of Gadara (flourished 1st century BCE)
Translation by Dudley Fitts (1903 - 1968)

ὦ Νύξ, ὦ φιλάγρυπνος ἐμοὶ πόθος...
Language: Greek (Ελληνικά) 
ὦ Νύξ, ὦ φιλάγρυπνος ἐμοὶ πόθος Ἡλιοδώρας,
καὶ † σκολιῶν ὄρθρων κνίσματα δακρυχαρῆ,
ἆρα μένει στοργῆς ἐμὰ λείψανα, καὶ τὸ φίλημα
μνημόσυνον ψυχρᾷ θάλπετ᾽ ἐν εἰκασίᾳ;
ἆρά γ᾽ ἔχει σύγκοιτα τὰ δάκρυα, κἀμὸν ὄνειρον
ψυχαπάτην στέρνοις ἀμφιβαλοῦσα φιλεῖ;
ἢ νέος ἄλλος ἔρως, νέα παίγνια; μήποτε, λύχνε,
ταῦτ᾽ ἐσίδῃς, εἴης δ᾽ ἧς παρέδωκα φύλαξ. 

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Confirmed with The Greek Anthology. With an English Translation by. W. R. Paton, London, William Heinemann, Ltd., 1916, No. 166.


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  • Also set in English, a translation by Dudley Fitts (1903 - 1968) ; composed by Geoffrey Bush.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Charles-Gaston Levadé.

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Night
Language: English  after the Greek (Ελληνικά) 
O Night, O Night, O sleepless tossing, longing for Heliodora!
Poor eyes hot with tears in the lingering white dawn!
Is she lonely too? is she dreaming of how I kissed her.
And dreaming so, does she turn to kiss the dream of me?
Or a new love? a newer toy?
Forbid it, lamp! See it never!
Did I not set you to guard her? Forbid it!
O Night, O Night, O sleepless tossing, longing for Heliodora!

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This text was added to the website: 2019-09-16
Line count: 8
Word count: 77