Type 3799
(formerly typ/1909)

Σὺ δ' ἱερὴ κεφαλὴ Νικηφόρε, λάζεο ταῦτα·
Τζέτζῃ Πιερίδων ὑποφήτορι τά ποτε Μοῖσα
ἀντομένη πόρσυνεν ἀφ' ὑψιλόφου Ἑλικῶνος.
Ἴαχε γὰρ μέγα οἱ, ὃς δ' ἔκλυεν αὐτίκα Μούσης·
"Μοισάων ὑποφῆτορ, ἀγήνορα κάλλιπε μῦθον,
ἀκρολόφους σκοπιάς τε καὶ ἄκριας ἠνεμοέσσας.
Ἐν χθαμαλοῖς προπόδεσσι παρ' ἐσχατίην ὑπὸ βῆσσαν,
ἔρχεο καὶ, πεδανῆς ἀπὸ ἄνθε' ἀμέργεο ποιῆς."
Ὡς ἡ μὲν προσέειπεν· ὁ δ' ἀυτίκα τάμνετο ποιάς
καὶ στεφάνους ποίησε· τεῒν δ' ἀνεθήκατο δῶρα.
Title(s) In Iohannem Tzetzem
Text source A. Pizzone 2020, Self-authorization and Strategies of Autography in John Tzetzes: The Logismoi Rediscovered, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies (GRBS), 60, 652-690: 659-660
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Genre(s) Author-related epigram
Metre(s) Dactylic hexameter
Subject(s)
Tag(s)
Translation(s) Nicephorus, blessed head, take this:
to Tzetzes, interpreter of the Pierides, the Muse once
provided it, coming to him from the heights of the Helicon.
She shouted, yes, mightly to him and at once he heard the Muse.
“You, interpreter of the Muses, leave behind heroic discourse
and the high-crested peaks and the windy heights.
Come down here, to the low spurs, in the narrow valley
and pluck your blooms from the grassy plain.”
So she spoke; he at once cut the stems
and made garlands and to you he dedicated the gifts.
Language: English
A. Pizzone 2020, Self-authorization and Strategies of Autography in John Tzetzes: The Logismoi Rediscovered, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies (GRBS), 60, 652-690: 660
Bibliography
Number of verses 10
Occurrence(s) [19742] Σὺ δ' ἱερὴ κεφαλὴ Νικηφόρε, λάζεο ταῦτα
LEIDEN - Bibliotheek der Rijksuniversiteit - Voss. gr. Q° 1 (f. 211v)
(10 verses)
Acknowledgements Information on the type courtesy of Nina Sietis.

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