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ἐν μαλακαῖς παρειαῖς. Ionof Chios (ap. Athen. 603 E) describes Soph. as saying, “ὡς καλῶς Φρύνιχος” (the tragic poet, flor. c. 490) “ἐποίησεν εἴπας: λάμπει δ᾽ ἐπὶ πορφυρέαις παρῇσι φῶς ἔρωτος”. Plut. Mor. 760D “σκόπει τοίνυν...τοῖς ἀρηΐοις ἔργοις ὅσον Ἔρως περίεστιν, οὐκ ἀργὸς ὤν, ὡς Εὐριπίδης ἔλεγεν, οὐδὲ ἀστράτευτος, οὐδ᾽ ἐν μαλακαῖσιν [ἐννυχεύ]ων παρειαῖς νεανίδων.

ἐννυχεύεις, keepest thy vigil: perh. here an image suggested by a soldier's night-watch (like Horace's “pulcris excubat in genis”, sc. Cupido, C. 4. 13. 8); cp. Xen. Anab. 6.4.27ἐν δὲ τοῖς ὅπλοις ἐνυκτέρευον”, and so “νυκτοφυλακεῖν”. Shaksp. Rom. 5. 3. 94‘beauty's ensign yet Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks.’” Gray, Progress of Poesy 1. 3. 16 ‘O'er her warm cheek and rising bosom move The bloom of young desire and purple light of love.’


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