Type 1865
(formerly typ/7)

Ἄκουε Δαβὶδ τοῦ παρ' ἡμῖν Ὀρφέως·
φόρμιγγα κινεῖ μυστικῆς μελῳδίας,
σιγᾶν δὲ ποιεῖ τῶν παθῶν τὰ θηρία
ὅτε σφαλεῖσα τοῦ πρέποντος ἡ φύσις
πρὸς θηριώδεις ἐκτραπῇ δυσμορφίας.
Text source R. Meesters, R. Praet, F. Bernard, K. Demoen 2016, Makarios' cycle of epigrams on the Psalms. Bodleian Baroccianus 194, Byzantinische Zeitschrift, 109(2), 837-860: 848-849
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Genre(s) Author-related epigram
Ignatios Methymnaeos
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Comment The spiritual valour of David is contrasted to the pagan inferiority of Orpheus. Meesters et al. (2016: 852): 'At verse 3, the words
τῶν παθῶν τὰ θήρια constitute a metaphorical reference to the myth of Orpheus. Whereas this pagan hero beguiled wild animals (see, again, poem 2 [i.e. Type 1895 - DBBE]), the Christian David tames the animals which here stand as metaphors for human passions'.

In the ms. Milan, Bibl. Ambr. B 106 (966-7, f.5r), this epigram is ascribed to a certain Ignatios. Follieri (1957: 107-108) for metrical reasons supposes that the author of this poem is most likely the ninth century poet Ignatios the Deacon. However, Lauxtermann (2003: 205, n.21) argues against this attribution, claiming that 'the lemma attached to the epigram in the Ambrosian ms. does not seem very trustworthy'.

Follieri (1957: 106): 'indubbiamente il più diffuso degli epigrammi su Davide'. The poem appears in approximately twenty manuscripts, with three of them from the eleventh century.

The poem also occurs in the 16th-century manuscript Monac. gr. 295 (f. 122r-v), where it does not function as a book epigram.
Number of verses 5
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