The Lover’s Lament

Posidippus, Epigram II (Greek Anthology 5.186):

“Philainis, don’t think that you fool me with those persuasive tears. I know. You love no one in the world more than me as long as you lay by my side; but if another man were holding you, you would say that you love him more than me.”

Μή με δόκει πιθανῶς ἀπατᾶν δακρύοισι, Φιλαινί.
οἶδα· φιλεῖς γὰρ ὅλως οὐδένα μεῖζον ἐμοῦ,
τοῦτον ὅσον παρ’ ἐμοὶ κέκλισαι χρόνον· εἰ δ’ ἕτερός σε
εἶχε, φιλεῖν ἂν ἔφης μεῖζον ἐκεῖνον ἐμοῦ.

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