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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 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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