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Well now, are we to say, Ion, that such a person is in his senses at that moment,—when in all the adornment of elegant attire and golden crowns he weeps at sacrifice or festival, having been despoiled of none of his finery; or shows fear as he stands before more than twenty thousand friendly people, none of whom is stripping or injuring him?

No, on my word, not at all, Socrates, to tell the strict truth.

And are you aware that you rhapsodes produce these same effects on most of the spectators also?

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