Epigram 9.396

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(cp. No. 343)

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ὄρθριος εὐπλέκτοιο λίνου νεφοειδέι κόλπῳ
ἔμπεσε σὺν κίχλῃ κόσσυφος ἡδυβόας.
καὶ τὰν μὲν πανάφυκτος ἕλε βρόχος: ὠκὺ δ᾽ ἀπέπτα
ἐξ ὀρνιθοπέδας ᾠδὸς ἐρημοφίλας.

ἦ τάχα που τριμάκαιρα φιλαγρέτις ὄρνιν ἀοιδὸν
Ἄρτεμις εὐμόλπῳ λῦσεν ἄνακτι λύρης.

— Paton edition

One morning a sweet-voiced blackbird, together
with a field-fare, fell into the cloud-like bag of the
well-knit net. The field-fare was caught in the noose
from which there is no escape, but the songster of
the wilderness flew swiftly away from the trap. It
would seem that blessed Artemis, the huntress, re-
leased the singing-bird for the sake of the sweet-
voiced lord of the lyre.

— Paton edition

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