Epigram 6.120

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Codex Palatinus 23 p. 163

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οὐ μόνον ὑψηλοῖς ἐπὶ δένδρεσιν οἶδα καθίζων
ἀείδειν, ζαθερεῖ καύματι θαλπόμενος,
προίκιος ἀνθρώποισι κελευθίτῃσιν ἀοιδός,
θηλείης ἔρσης ἰκμάδα γευόμενος:

ἀλλὰ καὶ εὐπήληκος Ἀθηναίης ἐπὶ δουρὶ
τὸν τέττιγ᾽ ὄψει μ᾽, ὦνερ, ἐφεζόμενον.
ὅσσον γὰρ Μούσαις ἐστέργμεθα, τόσσον Ἀθήνη
ἐξ ἡμέων ἡ γὰρ παρθένος αὐλοθέτει.

— Paton edition

Not only do I know how to sing perched in the
high trees, warm in the midsummer heat, making music for the wayfarer without payment, and feasting on delicate dew, but thou shalt see me too, the cicada, seated on helmeted Athene’s
spear. For as much as the Muses love me, I love
Athene ; she, the maiden, is the author of the flute

— Paton edition

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