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Che un dotto non dee biasimar l’altro.

A learned man should not reproach another.


Deh, perche Progne la Cicala, tanto
Crudel rapisci? Se pennuto uccello
Sei tu con l’ali, č anchor’ella altretanto.
Se canti sovra un tenero arboscello,
Et ella ingombra il cielo del suo canto.
Et č grato a chi l’ode e questo e quello.
Dunque lascia la preda, che non dei
Uccider cosa, a cui compagna sei.


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DOCTOS DOCTIS OB-
loqui nefas esse.

It is wicked for scholars to wrangle with other scholars

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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 abiice 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.

Notes:

1.  The reference is to the legend of Procne’s metamorphosis into a swallow. See [A50a070]. For swallows catching cicadas, see Aelian, De natura animalium 8.6.

2.  Textual variant: Stridula stridentem.


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