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SCIENZA.

Learning.


Che la Musica č amata da gli Iddii.

Music is loved by the Gods.


L’arguta Cetra col nemico a prova
Sonava Elpino;[1] e mentre al suono č 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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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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