(270 BC / Syracuse, Italy)

Theocritus Poems

1. First Idyll 10/23/2015
Best Poem of Theocritus

First Idyll

That pine tree, goatherd, sings a rustling sweet
Beside the streams, and sweetly do you play
Your pipe. Behind Pan you'll take second prize.
If he take hornèd he-goat, you will take the she-,
If he take she-goat as his prize, to you falls he-,
And he-goat, 'til you milk him, has good meat.

O shepherd, sweeter is your song than that
Resounding water pours off rock from up above.
If, as a gift, the Muses took the sheep,
You'll take the weanling lamb as prize, but if they please
To take the lamb, thereafter you'll take th' ...

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