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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.


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

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