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Che la lettera occide, e lo spirito porge vita.

The letter kills and the spirit gives life


I fratelli, che nacquer de la terra
D’i denti seminati del Serpente,
Fecero insieme l’uno a l’altro guerra.
E s’occisero molti parimente,
Palla serbonne alcun, che su la terra
Diposer l’arme, e unirsi finalmente.
Cadmo trov le lettre, ond’; inquieta
L’alma, se la prudenza non l’acqueta.


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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.

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


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