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Alciato's Book of
It is a sacrilege for scholars to malign scholars
O Procne, alas why do you savagely seize the chirping cicada,
and prepare for your young a ghastly meal?
Do you, prattler, hurt a prattler?
Do you, songster of spring, hurt a songster of
Do you, a guest, hurt a guest?
And do you, winged and flying, hurt another just like
Then cast away your prey --
for musical souls, it is a most dreadful crime
that one should perish by the tooth of another.