Malvern water

I have just been is a short holiday in the Malvern hills. Malvern used to be famous for the purity of its water and even today you can buy bottled Malvern water. There are still wells and springs that were used by Victorians when they came to Malvern for their health believing in the curative power of their waters. Beneath is an ancient epigram supposedly inscribed on a fountain and beneath a Victorian epigram inscribed on a fountain.

ἵζευ ὑπ᾽ αἰγείροισιν, ἐπεὶ κάμες, ἐνθάδ᾽, ὁδῖτα,
καὶ πῖθ᾽ ἆσσον ἰὼν πίδακος ἁμετέρας:
μνᾶσαι δὲ κράναν καὶ ἀπόπροθι, ᾇ ἔπι Γίλλῳ
Σῖμος ἀποφθιμένῳ παιδὶ παριδρύεται.
Nicias Greek Anthology 9.315

Sit under the poplar trees here when you are tired, traveller and drink coming close to our spring. And remember this fountain even when you are far away which Simus built next to his dead son Gillus.

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