|Text source||J. Bértola 2021, Ephraim of Ainos at work: a cycle of epigrams in the margins of Niketas Choniates, Byzantinische Zeitschrift, 114(3), 929-1000: 983|
|Text status||Text completely known|
|Editorial status||Critical text|
The newborn thorn, a popular saying,
shows immediately its noble nature,
and the soft twig shows a fruitful tree,
and the edge shows the cloth according to the proverb.
Whoever pays attention shall also see the most royal
soul, brave and bursting with gifts
living in the youngster, cub of the king.
For such a saviour of the city was he since he was a whelp,
Manuel the Komnenian, great king.
|Comment||The poem comments on Niketas Choniates' History 35.28-38.|
|Number of verses||9|