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Musarum, ex antiquis numis Q. Pomponii, ve-
rae effigies, & etymologica vis ex Virgilio.[1]

The true image of the Muses, from the ancient coins of Quintus Pomponius, and their etymological meaning after Vergil.

Ad Hannibalem Cruceium.[2]

Clio gesta canens transactis tempora reddit.
Melpomene tragico proclamat moesta boatu.
Comica lascivo gaudet sermone Thalia.
Dulciloquos calamos Euterpe flatibus urget.
Terpsichore affectus citharis movet, imperat, auget.
Plectra gerens Erato saltat pede, carmine, vultu.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [H5r p121]Carmina Calliope libris heroica mandat.
Uraniae caeli motus scrutatur, & astra,
Signat cuncta manu, loquitur Polyhimnia gestu.
Mentis Apollineae vis haec movet undique Musas,
In medio residens complectitur omnia Phoebus.

Clio, singer of deeds, brings back the days of old. Melpomene proclaims sad acts in tragic groan. Thalia rejoices in comedy, for her speech is lusty. Euterpe besets the sweet-toned pipe with breath. Terpsichore moves, commands, and swells the feelings of the harp. Erato, holding her plectron, leaps and dances with foot, song, and face. Calliope gives unto books heroic songs. Urania follows the sky’s movements and the stars. Polyhymnia suggests everything with her hands, and speaks with gestures. This force of Apollo’s mind moves all the Muses; seated in the centre, he embraces all.


1.  Quintus Pomponius was a tribune of the plebs in 4th-century BC.

2.  Hannibal Cruceius (Luigi Annibale della Croce): writer and poet from Milan (also known as Annibale Cruccio).

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