Epigram 9.571

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On the Nine Lyric Poets

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ἔκλαγεν ἐκ Θηβῶν μέγα Πίνδαρος: ἔπνεε τερπνὰ
ἡδυμελεῖ φθόγγῳ μοῦσα Σιμωνίδεω:
λάμπει Στησίχορός τε καὶ Ἴβυκος: ἦν γλυκὺς Ἀλκμὰν
λαρὰ δ᾽ ἀπὸ στομάτων φθέγξατο Βακχυλίδης:

πειθὼ Ἀνακρείοντι συνέσπετο: ποικίλα δ᾽ αὐδᾷ
Ἀλκαῖος † κύκνω Λέσβιος Αἰολίδι.
ἀνδρῶν δ᾽ οὐκ ἐνάτη Σαπφὼ πέλεν, ἀλλ᾽ ἐρατειναῖς
ἐν Μούσαις δεκάτη Μοῦσα καταγράφεται.

— Paton edition

Pindar screamed¹ loud from Thebes, the Muse of
Simonides breathed delight with her sweet-strained
voice, Stesichorus and Ibycus shine, Alcman was
sweet, and Bacchylides' lips uttered dainty song,
Persuasion attended on Anacreon, Lesbian Alcaeus
sings varied strains on the Aeolian . . . But Sappho
was not the ninth among men, but is tenth in the list
of the lovely Muses.

— Paton edition

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