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[206b] And hence to use speech and song, not for charming but for driving wild, would be gross fatuity, would it not?

I think so.

Then take care, Hippothales, not to make yourself guilty of all these things by your verse-making; and yet I fancy you will not like to allow that a man who damages himself by poetry can be a good poet, so long as he is damaging to himself.

On my soul, no, he said; of course it would be most absurd. But this is the very reason, Socrates, why I impart my feelings to you,


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