Hexameter from the Psalms.
Posted by Alex Poulos under greek psalms
| Tags: dactylic hexameter
, greek poetry
Since I’ve been reading the Psalms and the Iliad back to back, I’ve decided to write a bit of hexameter based on the Psalms. These are scarcely great works of art, but do they allow me to practice the meter.
Here’s my first offering, based on Ps. 36:31 (LXX).
ἐν κράδιῃ νόμος τοῦ θεοῦ ἐστι, ἄνακτος ἐόντος.
τοῦ δ᾽ὁδός οὐκ ἐδαμάσθη, ὠκίστ᾽ ἐρχεται αὐτῃ.
“The law of God is in his heart, as the Lord is present [with him].
His path has not been overthrown, and he goes swiftly in it.”
The Psalm itself reads:
ὁ νόμος τοῦ θεοῦ αὐτοῦ ἐν καρδίᾳ αὐτοῦ,
καὶ οὐχ ὑποσκελισθήσεται τὰ διαβήματα αὐτοῦ.
“The law of God is in his heart,
and his steps will not be overthrown.”