Epigram 11.195

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Γάλλον Ἀρισταγόρης ὠρχήσατο: τοὺς δὲ φιλόπλους
Τημενίδας ὁ καμὼν πολλὰ διῆλθον ἐγώ.
χὠ μὲν τιμηθεὶς ἀπεπέμπετο: τὴν δὲ τάλαιναν
Ὑρνηθὼ κροτάλων εἷς ψόφος ἐξέβαλεν.

εἰς πῦρ ἡρώων ἴτε πρήξιες: ἐν γὰρ ἀμούσοις
καὶ κόρυδος κύκνου φθέγξετ᾽ ἀοιδότερον.

— Paton edition

Aristagoras danced the part of a Gallus, while I, with great labour, went through the story of the warlike Temenidae. He was dismissed with honour, but one unceasing storm of rattles sent poor Hyrnetho off the boards. Into the fire with you, ye exploits of the heroes ! for among the illiterate even a lark sings more musically than a swan.

— Paton edition

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