The Birds of Aristophanes, tr. by H.F. Cary, with notes
ISBN 0217279112 (0-217-27911-2)
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ...PlSTHETjERUS, CHORUS, Poet. Pisthetcerus. Thus sacrificing offer we our vows To the wing'd Gods. Poet. 'Cuckoocloudland's praise to sing, Strike, O Muse, the sounding string.' Pisthetcerus. What have we here? Whence dost thou drop from? Eh? What art thou? Poet. 'One, who shed the chords along, Torrents of mellifluous song--In the Muses1 service I:' As Homer hath it.1 Pisthetcerus. What! in service? Yet pluming thyself so much on thy tresses? was a line in the Margites of Homer, as the Scholiast tells us. 2 It was accounted an insufferable piece of impudence for a servant to imitate the freemen in any thing, or affect to be like them in their dress, or any part of their behaviour. In those cities, where they let their hair grow long, for a servant to have long hair was an unpardonable offence, insomuch that the comedian, speaking it proverbially of one that does what becomes him not, says, &c Potter'i Grecian Antiq. B. i. c. x. Poet. Not so; no. But ' all minstrels we In the Muses' service be:' As Homer hath it. Pisthetcerus. Troth, and thy jacket has seen service too. But, poet, what brings thee hither with a vengeance? Poet. I have made odes upon your Cuckoocloudlands, Odes, Cyclian' melodies, many and beautiful, Songs to be sung by virgins, and in the gusto Of Simonides.2 Pisthetcerus. Ay? and how long is't, pry thee, Since thou hast made them? Poet. Oh some time, some time 'Tis since I Ve tuned my lyre to exalt your city. Pisthetcerus. What? Am not I e'en now employ'd i' th' rites, The sacred rites, that tend the naming on't, Like to an infant's naming on his tenth day? i The Cyclian chorus was the same with the dithyramb, and there were three choruses belonging to Bacchus, the Kwiuixif, the Tpuyixif, and the Kiixior the last of which had its...
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