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[5] The two parties had before this made a sort of stay of mutual hostilities for a year, during this time they had held conferences with one another, and tasted again the sweets of security and leisure and intercourse with friends at home and abroad, so that they yearned for that old life which was undefiled by war, and listened gladly when choirs sang such strains as
Let my spear lie unused for the spider to
cover with webs
1 and gladly called to mind the saying, ‘In peace the sleeper is waked not by the trumpet, but by the cock.’

1 The first verse of a beautiful fragment of the Erechtheus of Euripides; (Nauck, Trag. Graec. Frag.(2) p. 474).

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