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Alciato Emblem 122: Source in Greek Anthology 16.275 (trans Paton, V, 325)

On a Statue of Time by Lysippus

A. Who and whence was the sculptor? B. From Sicyon. A. And his name? B. Lysippus. A. And who are thou? B. Time who subdueth all things. A. Why dost thou stand on tip-toe? B. I am ever running. A. And why hast thou a pair of wings on thy feet? B. I fly with the wind. A. And why dost thou hold a razor in thy right hand? B. As a sign to men that I am sharper than any sharp edge. A. And why does thy hair hang over thy face? B. For him who meets me to take me by the forelock. A. And why, in Heaven's name, is the back of thy head bald? B. Because none whom I have once raced by on my winged feet will now, though he wishes it sore, take hold of me from behind. A. Why did the artist fashion thee? B. For your sake, stranger, and he set me up in the porch as a lesson.