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Doctos doctis obloqui nefas

It is wicked for scholars to wrangle with other scholars


Quid rapis heu Progne vocalem saeva Cicadam,
Pignoribusque tuis fercula dira paras?[1]
Ac stridula stridulam[2], vernam verna, hospita laedis
Hospitam, & aligeram penniger ales avem?
Ergo abice hanc praedam, nam musica pectora summum est
Alterum ab alterius dente perire nefas.

Alas, Procne, why, cruel bird, do you sieze on the melodious cicada and prepare a dreadful banquet for your young? A whistler yourself, you harm the shrill singer; a summer visitor, you hurt another fine-weather caller; a guest, you harm a guest; a feathered bird, you hurt another winged creature. So let this prize go. It is the greatest sin for hearts devoted to the Muses to perish by one another’s tooth.


Increpat hirundinem avem, cicadam rapien-
tem, his verbis quid rapis dira Progne cantan
tem Cicadam, quid escam adeò crudelem tuis
pullis paras? tu stridens stridentem aestivalis
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [l2v p164]aestivalem, hospita hospitam, volans volantem.
Avis denique avem perdis? quin potius proiice
dimitteque huiusmodi praedam, iniquum enim
est & iniuriosum eiusdem conditionis musi-
cos animos invicem insidiari. Quomodo au
tem Progne in hirundinem sit mutata, dictum
est suprà in Embl. 44.[3] ex Ovidii lib. 6. Metamorphoseon.
Hirundines hyeme discedere videmus, & re-
fert Plinius lib. 18. cap. 31. pariter & Cicadas fri-
goris tempore evanescere. Idem lib. 11. cap 26.
Utraeque etiam adventu aestatem praesagiunt.


1.  The reference is to the legend of Procne’s metamorphosis into a swallow. See [A56a274]. For swallows catching cicadas, see Aelian, De natura animalium 8.6.

2.  Textual variant: Stridula stridentem.

3.  See [A56a044]

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  • discussion, dialogue, dispute ~ scholar, philosopher [49C40] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • scholar or scientist with muse [49L(+101)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Similarity, Likeness [51B2] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Eloquence; 'Eloquenza', 'Fermezza & Gravit� dell'Oratione' (Ripa) [52D3] Search | Browse Iconclass
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  • (story of the) Muses; 'Muse' (Ripa) [92D4] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Philomela, Procne and Tereus changed into nightingale, swallow, hoopoe (or hawk): Tereus seeks to kill Philomela and Procne for having slain his son; in their flight the two sisters are changed into a nightingale and a swallow; Tereus is changed into a ho [97DD23] Search | Browse Iconclass

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