Epigram 9.76

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Δισσᾶν ἐκ βροχίδων ἁ μὲν μία πίονα κίχλαν,
ἁ μία δ᾽ ἱππείᾳ κόσσυφον εἷλε πάγᾳ:
ἀλλ᾽ ἁ μὲν κίχλας θαλερὸν δέμας ἐς φάος Ἠοῦς
οὐκέτ᾽ ἀπὸ πλεκτᾶς ἧκε δεραιοπέδας,

ἁ δ᾽ αὖθις μεθέηκε τὸν ἱερόν. ἦν ἄρ᾽ ἀοιδῶν
φειδὼ κἠν κωφαῖς, ξεῖνε, λινοστασίαις.

— Paton edition

Of two snares one caught a fat thrush, and the other, in its horsehair fetters, a blackbird. Now while the thrush did not free its plump body from the twisted noose round its neck, to enjoy again the light of day, the other snare let free the holy blackbird. Even deaf bird-snares, then, feel compassion for singers.

— Paton edition

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