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Querno

Camillo Querno, of Apulia, hearing that Leo X. was a great patron of poets, went to Rome with a harp in his hand, and sang his Alexias, a poem containing 20,000 verses. He was introduced to the Pope as a buffoon, but was promoted to the laurel.

Rome in her Capitol saw Querno sit.
Thronëd on seven hills, the Antichrist of wit.

Dunciad, ii.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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