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[301e] Poseidon! I exclaimed, there you give the finishing touch to your wisdom. I wonder if this skill could ever come to me in such manner as to be my very own.

Would you recognize it, Socrates, he asked, if it came to be your own?

Yes, if only you are agreeable, I replied, without a doubt.

Why, he went on, do you imagine you perceive what is yours?

Yes, if I take your meaning aright: for all my hopes arise from you, and end In Euthydemus here.1

Then tell me, he asked, do you count those things yours which you control and are free to use as you please?

1 The Greek works follow a usual form of prayer or hymn to the gods.

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