|Title(s)||Ἴαμβοι ἐπαίνων εἰς τὸν προφήτην Δαυίδ|
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Iambic Verses in Praise of David the Prophet
David, singing harmoniously to his flock
Points to it [?] (as) it is settled in the pasture.
David, piously taking hold of the beast
Removed the sheep from its jaws.
Having gone through all the offsprings of Jesse
Samuel has found David, whom he anoints and crowns.
David, striking the harp and singing a song
Drives away the (evil) spirit and Saul is refreshed.
Goliath, rising high, and showing insensate arrogance -
David routs him mightily with the sling.
The one who previously shouted and terrified cities
David smites and saves the cities.
The dancing girls clap their hands
For David who carries the head of the barbarian.
David is the victim of envy and is persecuted without a cause,
But rulers' might is waiting for him [?].
Here David, in flight, secretly tears off
The skirt of Saul's garment.
What David tore away wisely and in secret
(He) now is showing, putting the persecutor to shame.
David, taking hold of Saul for the second time
Took away his pitcher along with his spear.
Saul, having been subdued, is confuted again -
Still, (he) remains (as) the iron hardened into steel [?].
David, fearing the obstacles put up by Saul
Went over to the foreigners in an unseemly way.
An evil nation, making an incursion from the opposite side [?]
Destroys the city held by David.
David, smiting those who attacked the city,
Easily recovers the prisoners.
Saul, who pursued whom the ought not to have pursued,
Came upon a cruel day of (his life's) end.
David, saved from the hostile hand
Forthwith takes hold of the Ruler's office.
Again a persecution by (the issue of David's) loins
Came upon him; and (David) is reproached without a cause.
The parricide is slain in a way that brought suffering [?]
As David bewails (that slaughter), affectionate that he is.
David is dancing, bringing in the Ark,
And Melchol foolishly scoffs at the dance.
David, suffering from sickness in his body
Is overcome by the love of [or for?] a woman.
David, rejoicing, crowns Solomon
And goes forth from the present life.
I. Ševčenko 2000, Captions to a David cycle in the tenth-century Oxford Auct. D.4.1*, in C. Scholz, G. Makris (eds.), Polypleuros Nous. Miscellanea für Peter Schreiner zu seinem 60. Geburtstag, München, 324-341: 330-331
|Comment||Sevcenko (2000: 329-330) counts 22 distichs, which Vassis (2005) offers in 22 separate entries (e.g. p. 132). The original function of the epigrams was possibly to accompany images or miniatures related to David's Cycle.|
|Number of verses||44|
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