do you depart?" "Still as thou wilt; as one free,
as thy servant, as one sensible of thy commands and
thy prohibitions. But, while I am employed in thy
service, what wouldst thou have me to be, - a prince,
or a private man; a senator, or a plebeian; a soldier,
or a general; a preceptor, or a master of a family?
Whatever post or rank thou shalt assign me, like
Socrates, I will die a thousand times rather than
desert it. Where wouldst thou have me to be, - at
Rome, or at Athens; at Thebes, or at Gyaros? Only
remember me there. If thou shalt send me where
men cannot live conformably to nature, I will not
depart unbidden, but upon a recall as it were sounded
by thee. Even then I do not desert thee; Heaven
forbid ! but I perceive that thou hast no use for me.
If a life conformable to nature be granted, I will seek
no other place but that in which I am, nor any other
company but those with whom I dwell."
Let these things be ready at hand, night and day.
These things write; these