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Alciato Emblem 194: Source in Greek Anthology 9.95 (trans Paton, III, 51)

Alpheius of Mitylene
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A domestic hen, the winter snow-flakes falling thick on her, gathered her chickens safely bedded under her wings till the cold shower from the sky killed her; for she remained exposed, fighting against the clouds of heaven. Procne and Medea, blush for yourselves in Hades, learning from a hen what mothers ought to be.