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Ancient Greek Music: Lament of Simonides

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Uploaded on Oct 3, 2010

The song is θρῆνος τou Σιμωνίδη (Threnos tou Simonide) taken from the collection of recreated Greek music made by Petros Tabouris (ΠΕΤΡΟΣ ΤΑΜΠΟΥΡΗΣ): Melos Arheon (MEΛOΣ APXAION) - Vol.1 Secular Music of Greek Antiquity.

Simonides of Kea (Σιμωνίδης ὁ Κεῖος) was one of the nine great lyric poets of Ancient Greece, who lived during the 6th-5th centuries BC.

The lyrics:

Ἄνθρωπος ἐὼν μήποτε φάσηις
ὅ,τι γίνεται αὔριον,
μηδ᾿ ἄνδρα ἰδὼν ὄλβιον,
ὅσον χρόνον ἔσσεται·
ὠκεῖα γὰρ οὐδὲ τανυπτερύγου μυίας
οὕτως ἁ μετάστασις

In English:

You are a human, therefore seek not to foretell
what tomorrow may bring,
nor how long ones happiness may last.
For not even the flutter of the fly's wing
is as fast as change.

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