Words and Glory

Pindar, Nemean 6.28-30

“Come, Muse, send straight to that house
A glorifying wind of words .
For when men have passed away
Songs and words preserve their noble deeds…”

εὔθυν᾿ ἐπὶ τοῦτον, ἄγε, Μοῖσα,
οὖρον ἐπέων
εὐκλέα· παροιχομένων γὰρ ἀνέρων
ἀοιδαὶ καὶ λόγοι τὰ καλά σφιν ἔργ᾿ ἐκόμισαν

Bacchylides, Ode 5. 195-197

“I am easily convinced to send
A glorifying word to Hiero, one [not outside] the path—
For this is how the roots of good things grow full
And may Zeus, the greatest father, safeguard them
Immoveable in peace.”

Πείθομαι εὐμαρέως εὐ-
κλέα κελεύθου γλῶσσαν οὐ[]
πέμπειν ῾Ιέρωνι· τόθεν γὰ[ρ]
πυθμένες θάλλουσιν ἐσθλ[ῶν,]
τοὺς ὁ μεγιστοπάτωρ
Ζεὺς ἀκινήτους ἐν εἰρήν[ᾳ φυλάσσοι.]

A watercolor painting with mountains in the background capped by swirling winds and white-capped waves in the foreground
“Wind Mountain”, watercolor painting by James W. Alden (ca 1860)

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