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[5] But finally, when he was imposing a second contribution on the cities, Hybreas, speaking in behalf of Asia, plucked up courage to say this: ‘If thou canst take a contribution twice in one year, thou hast power also to make summer for us twice, and harvest-time twice.’ These words were rhetorical, it is true, and agreeable to Antony's taste; but the speaker added in plain and bold words that Asia had given him two hundred thousand talents; ‘If,’ said he, ‘thou hast not received this money, demand it from those who took it; but if thou didst receive it, and hast it not, we are undone.’

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