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For it is an immoveable security of overpowering happiness for mortals, [475] when the youthful strength of children, who will bear fruit in their turn, shines in the father's halls, and they will have inherited wealth from their fathers [480] in the form of other children. For it brings a cure in ills, pleasure in good fortune, a saving defense with the spear for one's native land. For me the careful nurture of dear children [485] would be beyond wealth and a king's palace. I hate the childless life, and I blame the one to whom it seems good; [490] may I have a life blessed with children and moderate wealth.

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