Anacreon of Teos - Thelo Legein Atreidas (Θελω Λεγειν Ατρειδας) (English translation)

Greek (classical)

Thelo Legein Atreidas (Θελω Λεγειν Ατρειδας)

Θελω Λεγειν Ατρειδας,
Θελω Δε Καδμον Αιδειν,
Ο Βαρβιτος Δε Χορδαις
Ερωτα Μουνον Ηχει.
Ημειψα Νευρα Πρωην
Και Την Λυρην Απασαν·
Καγω Μεν Ηιδον Αθλους Ηρακλεους,
Λυρη Δε Ερωτας Αντεφωνει.
Χαιροιτε Λοιπον Ημιν, Ηρωες·
Η Λυρη Γαρ Μονους Ερωτας Αιδει.
Submitted by SaintMark on Mon, 20/02/2017 - 12:45
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English translation

My lyre sings only songs of love

I, too, wish to sing of heroic deeds
(about the Atreides, and about Kadmus),
but the lyre's strings
can only produce sounds of love.
Recently, I changed the strings,
and then the lyre itself,
and tried to sing of the feats of Hercules,
but still the lyre kept singing songs of love.
So, fare well, you heroes!
because my lyre sings only songs of love.
Submitted by Hades21 on Sat, 07/10/2017 - 07:49