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Chorus
You there, I mean the one by the temple; [220] is it lawful to walk into the sanctuary?

Ion
Strangers, it is not lawful.

Chorus
May we ask you something?

Ion
What do you want to know?

Chorus
Does the temple of Phoebus really hold the center of the earth?

Ion
Yes, adorned with garlands, and gorgons all around.

Chorus
[225] So fame reports.

Ion
If you offer the honey cake before the temple, and you wish to ask something of Phoebus, advance to the altar; before the sheep have been sacrificed, do not approach the recesses of the temple.

Chorus
I understand; I do not wish to transgress [230] the god's law; what is outside delights my eyes.

Ion
Take a full view of everything that is allowed.

Chorus
My masters allowed me to to look at this sanctuary.

Ion
You are the slaves of what house?

Chorus
[235] The temple of Pallas is the house that reared my sovereigns; but the one you ask about is here.

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