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I pray that discord, greedy for evil, may never clamor in this city, and may the dust not drink the black blood of its people [980] and through passion cause ruinous murder for vengeance to the destruction of the state.1 But may they return joy for joy in a spirit of common love, [985] and may they hate with one mind; for this is the cure of many an evil in the world.

1 The expression of the thought “take reprisals in a civil war,” is overloaded and the grammatical relation of the words is involved. More exactly: “seize greedily (as a wild beast seizes his prey) upon calamities—of vengeance—to the State, calamities in which blood is shed in requital for blood.”

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