The great collector of Greek epigrams was also a composer. There follows the dedication from his Griechische Grabgedichte:
MEINER UNVERGESSLICHEN MUTTER
ἥ μ᾿ἔτεκεν καὶ πάντα φιλεῖν ἐδίδαξε τὰ καλά,
τήνδ᾿ ὀλίγην τόσσων ἀντιτίθημι χάριν,
βιβλίον ἔμπλειον μὲν ἄχους προτέρων ποτ᾿ ἐόντων,
σοὶ δέ, φίλη μῆτερ, μνημόσυνον φιλίας.
TO MY UNFORGETTABLE MOTHER
who bore me and taught me to love all that is fine, I dedicate this small piece of kindness in return for so many: it may only be a (little) book full of the grief of those who lived formerly, but to you, dear mother, it is a memorial of loveliness.
-- Uncle P.
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
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