sec. V d.C.,

Nonno di Panopolis, Dionysiaca, XV, 300-302, 308-311


“[…] And you, Daphne beloved, break into arboreal speech! Would that fair Nicaia had been in former times: Apollo would have pursued the more dainty, and Daphne would not have become a bush.”


“[…] Ah, how many a song sang Daphnis the oxherd ! but with his chanting the maiden hid all the more in untrodden ravines, to escape the tune of the shepherd’s call. Ah, how many a song sang Phoibos ! while Daphne heard him, but felt no pleasure at heart.”