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If we seize some impious fellow, woe to him! He will know [670] how we punish the outrage, the crime, the sacrilege. The criminal will then acknowledge at last that gods exist; his fate will teach all men that the deities must be revered, [675] that justice must be observed and that they must submit to the sacred laws. If not, then woe to them! Heaven itself will punish sacrilege; [680] being aflame with fury and mad with frenzy, all their deeds will prove to mortals, both men and women, that [685] the deity punishes injustice and impiety, and that she is not slow to strike. But I think I have now searched everywhere and that no other man is hidden among us.

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