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SCIENZA.

Learning.


Che la Musica amata da gli Iddii.

Music is loved by the Gods.


L’arguta Cetra col nemico a prova
Sonava Elpino;[1] e mentre al suono intento,
Di saventura inusitata e nova
Ruppe una corda, onde fini il concento.
Ma in quel difetto una Cicala giova,
Ch’a la corda suppli con dolce accento.
Ond’ei di bronzo una Cicala dona.
A Phebo, accio di lei sia la corona.

Notes:

1. Elpino is a stock pastoral character who sometimes plays the lute..


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INSIGNIA POETARUM.

Insignia of poets

Emblema 182.

Gentiles clypeos sunt qui in Iovis alite gestant,
Sunt quibus aut serpens, aut leo signa ferunt:
Dira sed haec vatum fugiant animalia ceras,
Doctaque sustineat stemmata pulcher olor.
Hic Phaebo sacer[1], & nostrae regionis Alumnus:
Rex olim[2], veteres servat adhuc titulos.

Some have a family crest distinguished by the bird of Jove, for others the serpent or the lion provides the sign. But let these dread beasts flee from poets’ images; let the lovely swan support their learned clan. This bird is sacred to Phoebus and is a nursling of my homeland. A king once, it still preserves its ancient titles.

Notes:

1. ‘sacred to Phoebus’, i.e. to the god of music and poetry (Apollo).

2. ‘a king once’. See Ovid, Metamorphoses 2.367ff. for the story of Cycnus, king of Liguria, turned into a swan and inhabiting the marshes and lakes of the plain of the Po (Alciato’s homeland).


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