To The Reverend J. B. Lightfoot, D.D., Canon of St. Paul's, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity in the University of Cambridge, honorary fellow and late tutor of Trinity College, these pages are inscribed, in admiration of his services to the cause of true learning, and in affectionate remembrance of constant kindness, by his former pupil, the author. “ὡς ἀνὴρ ἔκδαμος ὁδοιπορέων αὐγάζεται
γλυπτοὺς τεχνιτῶν τῶν πάρος ἔργα κολοσσούς,
ἁσύχοις μορφαῖσι νόον φθιμένων ἐξαγγελλομένους ἔτ᾽ ἐοῦσιν,
οὐδὲ φρεσὶν δύναταί πω συμμαθεῖν
οἱος ἄρ᾽ ἦν βίος
ὁπόθεν θ᾽ αἱ φροντίδες
τῶν τάδ᾽ ἐξειργασμένων:
ἀλλὰ λεύσσον θέλγεται ἐς τέλος ἐν θυμῷ λαβὼν
κάλλος τι πάνταρχον, σκοπέει δὲ πανῆμαρ
τὰν προσώποις φαιδρὸν ἐφεζομέναν τοῖς ἡμιθέοισι γαλάναν
καὶ μελέων ἁβρὸν εὐρύθμων σθένος,
ἐκ δ᾽ ὀλόλυξε χαρείς,
μακρός, κλεινοί, χρόνος
ὔμμε μὴ κάμνοι σέβων:
ὧδ᾽ ἀείμναστοι στομάτων Διὶ τερπνῶν ῥήσιες,
ἴς μένει ὑμετέρα, θαῦμ᾽ ἀνδράσιν ἀλλοδαποῖς
οἵ σέλας οὐκ ἴδομεν χρυσανίου
τᾷ πρὶν ἐφ᾽ Ἐλλάδι Φοίβου,
οὐδὲ πάτραν ἀνακαρῦξαί κεν ἔχοιμεν Ἀθάνας.
ὔμμι γὰρ ἀέλιον μέν φαμι δεδυκέναι, οὐδ᾽ ἔμμεν σκότον,
ἀλλὰ λάμπουσ᾽ ἀθάνατοι χάριτες
λευκὰν πρὸς ἀκτῖν Ἑσπέρου.

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