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ἦ τοι μὲν ξανθὸν Γανυμήδεα μητίετα Ζεὺς
ἥρπασεν ὃν διὰ κάλλος ἵν’ ἀθανάτοισι μετείη
καί τε Διὸς κατὰ δῶμα θεοῖς ἐπιοινοχοεύοι,
θαῦμα ἰδεῖν, πάντεσσι τετιμένος ἀθανάτοισι, 205
χρυσέου ἐκ κρητῆρος ἀφύσσων νέκταρ ἐρυθρόν.
Τρῶα δὲ πένθος ἄλαστον ἔχε φρένας, οὐδέ τι ᾔδει
ὅππῃ οἱ φίλον υἱὸν ἀνήρπασε θέσπις ἄελλα·
τὸν δὴ ἔπειτα γόασκε διαμπερὲς ἤματα πάντα.
καί μιν Ζεὺς ἐλέησε, δίδου δέ οἱ υἷος ἄποινα 210
ἵππους ἀρσίποδας, τοί τ’ ἀθανάτους φορέουσι.
τούς οἱ δῶρον ἔδωκεν ἔχειν· εἶπεν δὲ ἕκαστα
Ζηνὸς ἐφημοσύνῃσι διάκτορος Ἀργειφόντης,
ὡς ἔοι ἀθάνατος καὶ ἀγήρως ἶσα θεοῖσιν.
αὐτὰρ ἐπεὶ δὴ Ζηνὸς ὅ γ’ ἔκλυεν ἀγγελιάων 215
οὐκέτ’ ἔπειτα γόασκε, γεγήθει δὲ φρένας ἔνδον,
γηθόσυνος δ’ ἵπποισιν ἀελλοπόδεσσιν ὀχεῖτο.
ὣς δ’ αὖ Τιθωνὸν χρυσόθρονος ἥρπασεν Ἠὼς
ὑμετέρης γενεῆς ἐπιείκελον ἀθανάτοισι.
βῆ δ’ ἴμεν αἰτήσουσα κελαινεφέα Κρονίωνα 220
ἀθάνατόν τ’ εἶναι καὶ ζώειν ἤματα πάντα·
τῇ δὲ Ζεὺς ἐπένευσε καὶ ἐκρήηνεν ἐέλδωρ.
νηπίη, οὐδ’ ἐνόησε μετὰ φρεσὶ πότνια Ἠὼς
ἥβην αἰτῆσαι, ξῦσαί τ’ ἄπο γῆρας ὀλοιόν.
τὸν δ’ ἦ τοι εἵως μὲν ἔχεν πολυήρατος ἥβη, 225
Ἠοῖ τερπόμενος χρυσοθρόνῳ ἠριγενείῃ
ναῖε παρ’ Ὠκεανοῖο ῥοῇς ἐπὶ πείρασι γαίης·
αὐτὰρ ἐπεὶ πρῶται πολιαὶ κατέχυντο ἔθειραι
καλῆς ἐκ κεφαλῆς εὐηγενέος τε γενείου,
τοῦ δ’ ἦ τοι εὐνῆς μὲν ἀπείχετο πότνια Ἠώς, 230
αὐτὸν δ’ αὖτ’ ἀτίταλλεν ἐνὶ μεγάροισιν ἔχουσα
σίτῳ τ’ ἀμβροσίῃ τε καὶ εἵματα καλὰ διδοῦσα.
ἀλλ’ ὅτε δὴ πάμπαν στυγερὸν κατὰ γῆρας ἔπειγεν
οὐδέ τι κινῆσαι μελέων δύνατ’ οὐδ’ ἀναεῖραι,
ἥδε δέ οἱ κατὰ θυμὸν ἀρίστη φαίνετο βουλή· 235
ἐν θαλάμῳ κατέθηκε, θύρας δ’ ἐπέθηκε φαεινάς.
For example, golden Ganymede counselor Zeus snatched
up because of his beauty so he could be among the
immortals and serve as cupbearer for the gods in the home of
Zeus – a marvel to behold, honored by all the immortals, 205
pouring ruddy nectar from a golden bowl – and insufferable
grief took hold of the heart of his father Tros; in no way did he
know where a divine wind had snatched away his dear son to.
Then he kept keening for his son without stop all his days.
But Zeus took pity on him, and in recompense for his son gave him 210
high-stepping stallions of the kind that carry the immortals.
He gifted him with these gifts to keep. At the urgings of Zeus
the slayer of Argos, messenger Hermes, told him the details,
that his son was immortal and ageless just like the immortals.
And so when he heard the message from Zeus he no longer 215
kept keening but rejoiced within his heart, and joyfully he
was carried along by his wind-footed stallions.
Again, so too did goldn-throned Dawn snatch up Tithonos,
of your lineage and like to the immortals. She went straight
to dark-clouded son of Kronos to ask him that Tithonos be 220
immortal and live for all time. To her Zeus nodded ‘yes’
and he fulfilled her wish – fool that mistress Dawn was, in that
she did not think to ask for youth for Tithonos and that Zeus
scrape ruinous old age off him. As long as loveliest youth was his 225
he took delight in golden-throned Dawn born in the early morning
and lived by the streams of Ocean at the verges of the earth.
But when the first strands of gray hair poured down his
handsome head and noble cheeks, mistress Dawn began avoiding 230
his bed. She kept him in her house and took care of him with
food and ambrosial drink, and she gave him beautiful clothing.
But when utterly hateful old age overwhelmed him and
he could not move any limbs or raise himself up,
then in her heart this seemed to her the best plan: 235
she put him away in a room and shut the shining doors.