Epigram 9.343

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(cp. No. 76)

Codex Palatinus 23, p.414

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αὐταῖς σὺν κίχλαισιν ὑπὲρ φραγμοῖο διωχθεὶς
κόσσυφος ἠερίης κόλπον ἔδυ νεφέλης.
καὶ τὰς μὲν συνοχηδὸν ἀνέκδρομος ὤχμασε θώμιγξ,
τὸν δὲ μόνον πλεκτῶν αὖθι μεθῆκε λίνων.

ἱρὸν ἀοιδοπόλων ἔτυμον γένος. ἦ ἄρα πολλὴν
καὶ κωφαὶ πτανῶν φροντίδ᾽ ἔχουσι πάγαι.

— Paton edition

A blackbird, driven over the hedge together with
field-fares, entered the hollow of the suspended net.
The cords from which there is no escape caught and
held fast the whole flock of them, but let the black-
bird alone go free from the meshes. Of a truth the
race of singers is holy. Even deaf traps show fond
care for winged songsters.

— Paton edition

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