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[975b] the making of barley-meal and flour, with the sustenance thereof, is noble and good indeed, yet it is never like to produce a perfectly wise man. For this very name of making must produce1 an irksomeness in the actual things that are made. Nor can it well be husbandry of land in general: for it is not by art but by a natural gift from Heaven, it seems, that we all have the earth put into our hands. Nor again is it the fabrication of dwellings and building in general, nor the production of all sorts of appliances—smiths' work,

1 The word“produce”is repeated here in a strained sense of“declare,”“indicate,”or the like. The very idea of“making”implies a certain annoyance incompatible with perfect wisdom.

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