Ode 19 (Dithyramb 5)
Io: for the Athenians
There are countless paths of divine song for one who has received gifts from the Pierian Muses
and upon whose songs the violet-eyed maidens, the garland-bearing Graces, cast honor. Now, much-praised Cean ingenuity, weave something new, in lovely,
. It is fitting for you to travel the greatest road, since you have received an outstanding honor from Calliope.
... when the golden heifer, the rose-fingered daughter of Inachus, left Argos
, land of horses, by the counsels of widely powerful, greatest Zeus?
who could see all around with untiring eyes, was bidden by golden-robed Hera, the greatest queen, to guard the lovely-horned heifer, unresting and unsleeping;
and the son of Maia
could not evade him, neither by shining day nor by sacred night. Did it then happen that ...
the swift-footed messenger [of Zeus] then killed [the son of Earth] with mighty offspring ... Argus? Or was it that ... unutterable cares?
Or did the Pierian Muses
bring about ... rest from troubles ... ?
For me, the most secure [path?] is the one which ... when she arrived at the flowery banks
of the Nile
, [gadfly-driven] Io, bearing the child ... Epaphus. There [she bore him?] ... ruler over linen-robed ... teeming with majestic ...
and greatest ... mortal ... from this race Cadmus, son of Agenor, begat Semele in seven-gated Thebes
, and she bore the rouser of Bacchants,
Dionysus, the ... and [lord of] garland-[bearing] choruses.