Theocritus, Idylls, 3.20

After being exposed to the vicious savagery of the frogs in today’s earlier post, I am positive that the reader would love to cleanse the palate of amphibian bathos in favor of innocent (non-mouse-slaughtering) charm:

“There is, even in empty kisses, a certain sweet enjoyment.”

Alternative:

“Though a kiss be all empty

It still holds sweet delight for me.”

ἔστι καὶ ἐν κενεοῖσι φιλήμασιν ἁδέα τέρψις.

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