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[991b] twelve comes the whole-and-a-half(9=6+3)and whole-and-a-third(8=6+2): turning between these very two, to one side or the other, this power(9)assigned to men an accordant and proportioned use for the purpose of rhythm and harmony in their pastimes, and has been assigned to the blessed dance of the Muses.1

In this way then let all these things come to pass, and so let them be. But as to their crowning point, we must go to divine generation and therewith the fairest and divinest nature of visible things, so far as God granted the vision of it to men; a vision that none of us may ever boast of having received at his leisure

1 There were nine Muses, and they were often conceived as dancing in company with Dionysus.

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