Occurrence 23205
(formerly occ/7106)

στίχ(οι)
 
Ἂν τὴν κορυφὴν ἀρετῶν φθᾶσαι θέλης·
ἂν οὐ(ρα)νῶν ὕψωμα καὶ θείους νόας·
ἂν φύσιν αὐτὴν εἰς θ(εὸ)ν μεταπλάσαι,
τοὺς ἀγάπης φίλησ(ον) ἐνθέους ὅρους·
ἢ τ(οὺς) ἐραστὰς εἰς θαλάμους εἰσάγει,
(καὶ) βασιλικῶς (?) δεξιοῦται καὶ τρέφει·
καὶ πάντα μυεῖ καὶ διδάσκει πανσόφως,
τὰ φρικτὰ μυστήρια τῶν ξένων δόμ(ων)·
εἰ νυμφικ(ῶς) γὰρ ἐστολισμένους ἴδοι
εὐωδίαν πνέοντας ἀρίστων τρόπων,
ὅλας ἐξ αὐτῆς ἐξανοίγει τὰς πύλας,
καὶ προσκαλεῖται ταχέως εἰσιέναι·
ὥσπερ σολομῶν ἀσματίζων προσγράφει·
ἀλλ’ εἰ συνοικεῖν τῆ καλῆ νύμφη δέον,
βδελυκτέον σύμπασαν ὡς πόρνην σχέσ(ιν)·
ἥτις μιαίνει τοῦ νοὸς τ(ὴν) εἰκόνα
καὶ ῥυπαρὰν δείκνυσι πρὸς θεῖον πόθον.
αἰσχρὸν γὰρ οὐδέν ἐστιν εἰς ψυχῆς φύσ(ιν),
ὡς ἡδοναί τε καὶ λύπαι καὶ πικρίαι,
καὶ τὰ πρὸς ὀργὴν κατὰ τῶν πέλας πάθη,
ἃ δὴ παρεῖναι καὶ θ(εὸ)ς πάντ(ως) θέλει:+
Type(s) [5803] Ἂν τὴν κορυφὴν ἀρετῶν φθᾶσαι θέλῃς (21 verses)
Text source DBBE
Text status Text completely known
Date 1326-1350
Manuscript LONDON - British Library - Burney 113 [1326-1350]
Place in Manuscript f. 108v
Person(s)
Scribe
Matthaios of Ephesus, also known as Manouel Gabalas (PLP II 3309) (1271-1360) (chartophylax τῆς Μητροπόλεως Φιλαδελφείας, metropolites, protonotarios)
Palaeographical information Initial written in red ink.
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Genre(s) Reader-related epigram
Comment The epigram is written after the title of the work by Maximus the Confessor, Capita de caritate (TLG 2892.008).
Image source(s) http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=burney_ms_113_f108v
Bibliography
Number of verses 21
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Contributor(s)
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