Haters’ Tongues and the Victory of Truth

Bacchylides, 13.199-210

“If there’s anyone without envy,
Unharmed by bold speech,
Let them praise a skilled person
Rightly. Mortal criticism falls
On every action,
But truth loves to win
And time who conquers everything
Always cultivates a thing well done,
While the hater’s vapid tongue
Withers until it’s gone.”

ἐἰ μή τινα θερσ[ε]πὴς
ἀφθόνος βιᾶται,
αἰνείτω σοφὸν ἄνδρα
σὺν δίκαι. βροτῶν δὲ μῶμος
πάντεσσι μέν ἐστιν ἐπ᾿ ἔργοις·
ἁ δ᾿ ἀλαθεία φιλεῖ
νικᾶν, ὅ τε πανδ[α]μάτ
χρόνος τὸ καλῶς
ἐ]ργμένον αἰὲν ἀ[έξει·
δυσμενέων δὲ μα[ταία
γλῶσσ᾿ ἀϊδ]ὴς μιν[ύθει

Dark oil painting with three human heads position over three animal heads. Each trio show advancing years of age
Allegory of Time Governed by Prudence

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