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48. 'Assured then that what I advise is for the best, and yielding neither to pity nor to lenity,1 for I am as unwilling as Cleon can be that you should be influenced by any such motives, but simply weighing the arguments which I have urged, accede to my proposal: Pass sentence at your leisure on the Mytilenaeans whom Paches, deeming them guilty, has sent hither; [2] but leave the rest of the inhabitants where they are. This will be good policy for the future, and will strike present terror into your enemies. For wise counsel is really more formidable to an enemy than the severity of unreasoning violence.'

1 Pass sentence at leisure on the prisoners sent hither by Paches, and spare the rest.

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