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τὸ δέ: const. with προσιέναι τὸν ἥλιον. εἰ γίγνοιτο: if it should come upon us. οὕτω κατὰ μικρόν: thus, gradually. For the thought, cf. διδάσκει δὲ καὶ ὁ θεός, ἀπάγων ἡμᾶς κατὰ μικρὸν ἐκ τοῦ χειμῶνος εἰς τὸ ἀνέχεσθαι ἰσχυρὰ θάλπη (intense heat) ἔκ τε τοῦ θάλπους εἰς τὸν ἰσχυρὸν χειμῶνα Cyr. vi. 2. 29. λανθάνειν: i.e. imperceptibly. For λανθάνω with supplementary participle, see on i.2.34. εἰ ἄρα: see on ii.5.2. τί ἐστι τοῖς θεοῖς ἔργον: “the gods have any (other) occupation.” θεραπεύειν: to care for, as in i. 4. 10. τούτων: these benefits.
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