Invenit Amor quodnam pulchro misceat pulchrum, non smaragdum,
auro, quod neque floret neque fiat compar
neque ebur ebeno, albo nigrum, sed Cleandrum
Eubioto, Suadae flores Amicitiae.
εὗρεν Ἔρως τί καλῷ μίξει καλόν, οὐχὶ μάραγδον
χρυσῷ, ὃ μήτ᾽ ἀνθεῖ, μήτε γένοιτ᾽ ἐν ἴσῳ,
οὐδ᾽ ἐλέφαντ᾽ ἐβένῳ, λευκῷ μέλαν, ἀλλὰ Κλέανδρον
Εὐβιότῳ, πειθοῦς ἄνθεα καὶ φιλίης.
--Asclepiades, Greek Anthology XII.163; Translated into Latin by Hugo Grottius
Love has discovered the joy in mixing something beautiful with beautiful,
Not an emerald mixed with gold,
(Which neither blooms nor stands as equal)
Nor can ebony mixed with ivory,
Nor the colors black and white together,
can compare to Cleander & Eubiotus,
darling flowers of Persuasion and Friendship.
Name: Asclepiades of Samos
Date: 3rd c. BCE
Works: [fragments included in the Greek Anthology]
Asclepiades of Samos was a Greek lyric poet from the 3rd century BCE. His works are preserved in the Greek Anthology, a collection of Greek lyric poetry that spans numerous genres, topics, and authors.
HELLENISTIC Greek Literature