|Text source||DBBE (based on occurrence ἄρξου χῆρ μου ἀγαθεὶ)|
|Text status||Text completely known|
|Editorial status||Not a critical text|
Begin, good hand of mine,
write beautiful letters,
so you are not beaten and hurt,
and later feel regret.
|Comment||This epigram appears predominantly in late-/post-Byzantine manuscripts, where it often functions as a probatio pennae with multiple iterations and comprises from one to four verses. A number of occurrences feature a variant reading for verse 4: 'καὶ εἰς τὸν φόρον ἐντραπῇς ] τὸ φῶρον'.|
|Number of verses||4|
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