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[351] τὴν γὰρ ἀοιδήν, ‘For men applaud more heartily that lay which comes with greatest novelty on the hearers' ears;’ literally, ‘that floats around the hearers.’ In ἐπικλείουσι the preposition implies that they give their applause as soon as the lay is ended; ‘they add their applause thereto.’ Plato ( R. P.424B) reproduces the lines thus, “ὅταν τις λέγῃ ὡς τὴν ἀοιδὴν μᾶλλον ἐπιφρονέουσιν ἄνθρωποι”,

ἥτις ἀειδόντεσσι νεωτάτη ἀμφιπέληται”, where he writes “ἀειδόντεσσι” for “ἀκουόντεσσι”, and his reading “ἐπιφρονέουσιν” suggests “ἐπικλύους᾿” as a variant for “ἐπικλείους᾿”.

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