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[608a] will gladly have the best possible case made out for her goodness and truth, but so long as she is unable to make good her defence we shall chant over to ourselves1 as we listen the reasons that we have given as a counter-charm to her spell, to preserve us from slipping back into the childish loves of the multitude; for we have come to see that we must not take such poetry seriously as a serious thing2 that lays hold on truth, but that he who lends an ear to it must be on his guard

1 For ἐπᾴδοντες Cf. Phaedo 114 D, 77 E.

2 Cf. 602 B.

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