Epigram 9.365

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On an Organ

Codex Palatinus 23, p.418
Codex Palatinus 23, p.419

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ἀλλοίην ὁρόω δονάκων φύσιν. ἦπου ἀπ᾽ ἄλλης
χαλκείης τάχα μᾶλλον ἀνεβλάστησαν ἀρούρης,
ἄγριοι, οὐδ᾽ ἀνέμοισιν ὑφ᾽ ἡμετέροις δονέονται:
ἀλλ᾽ ἀπὸ ταυρείης προθορὼν σπήλυγγος ἀήτης

νέρθεν ἐϋτρήτων καλάμων ὑπὸ ῥίζαν ὁδεύει:
καί τις ἀνὴρ ἀγέρωχος ἔχων θοὰ δάκτυλα χειρῶν,
ἵσταται ἀμφαφόων κανόνας συμφράδμονας αὐλῶν
οἱ δ᾽ ἁπαλὸν σκιρτῶντες ἀποθλίβουσιν ἀοιδήν.

— Paton edition

I see a new kind of reeds. Are they, perchance,
the wild product of some strange brazen soil ? They
are not even moved by our winds, but from a cave
of bull's hide issues a blast and passes into these
hollow reeds at their root. And a valiant man with
swift fingers stands touching the notes which play in
concert with the pipes, and they, gently leaping,
press the music out of the pipes.

— Paton edition

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