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[45b] and bound within it organs for all the forethought of the Soul; and they ordained that this, which is the natural front, should be the leading part. And of the organs they constructed first light-bearing eyes, and these they fixed in the face for the reason following. They contrived that all such fire as had the property not of burning but of giving a mild light should form a body akin to the light of every day.1 For they caused the pure fire within us, which is akin to that of day, to flow through the eyes in a smooth and dense stream;

1 There is a play here on the words ἥμερον(“mild”)... ἡμέρας(“day”); Cf. Cratyl. 418 C.

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