Let me begin,
men of Athens, by beseeching all the
Powers of Heaven that on this trial I may find in Athenian hearts such
benevolence towards me as I have ever cherished for the city and the people of
Athens. My next prayer is for
you, and for your conscience and honor. May the gods so inspire you that the
temper with which you listen to my words shall be guided, not by my
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by C. A. Vince, M. A. and J. H. Vince, M.A. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1926.
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