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Alciato Emblem 180: Source in Greek Anthology 9.122 (trans Paton, III, 65)

Anonymous, by some assigned to Evenus
To a Swallow

Honey-nurtured child of Athens, is it a prattling cicada that thy prattling self has caught and carries for a feast to thy winged brood? Dost thou, the chatterer, prey on the chatterer; thou, the winged, on th winged; thou, the guest of summer, on the guest of summer? Wilt thou not drop it at once; it is neither meet nor just that singers should perish by mouths skilled in song.