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[546a] “How?” “Somewhat in this fashion. Hard in truth1 it is for a state thus constituted to be shaken and disturbed; but since for everything that has come into being destruction is appointed,2 not even such a fabric as this will abide for all time, but it shall surely be dissolved, and this is the manner of its dissolution. Not only for plants that grow from the earth but also for animals that live upon it there is a cycle of bearing and barrenness3 for soul and body as often as the revolutions of their orbs come full circle, in brief courses for the short-lived and oppositely for the opposite; but the laws of prosperous birth or infertility for your race,

1 Cf. Alc. I. 104 E.

2 Cf. What Plato Said, p. 627 on Laws 677 A; also Polyb. vi. 57, Cic.De rep. ii. 25.

3 Cf. Pindar, Mem. vi. 10-12 for the thought.

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