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Spera'tus, Ju'lius

The author of an elegy. Of the four surviving MSS., three gave no indication regarding the author, but the fourth, which belonged to the monastery of St. Gall, bore the title Versus Julii Sperati de Philomela. We know nothing whatsoever of this personage, nor of the age to which he belongs, except that the piece in question was imitated by Paulus Alvarus of Corduba, a monk of the ninth century. The lines will be found in Wernsdorf, Poet. Lat. Minor. vol. vi. part ii. p. 403; comp. vol. vi. part i. p. 255, and in Burmann, Anthol. Lat. 5.149, or No. 392 Meyer.


Elegy in Praise of the Nightingale

We possess an elegy, extending to thirteen couplets, in praise of the nightingale.


This was first published by Pithou, and afterwards with greater care by Goldastus (Opuscula Erot. et Amat. p. 74), who made use of four MSS.


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