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[3] And when one of his friends asked him if he had any message for his son Phocus, ‘Certainly,’ said he; ‘my message is that he cherish no resentment against the Athenians.’ Again, when Nicocles, his most faithful friend, begged the privilege of drinking the drug first, ‘O Nicocles,’ he said, ‘thy request is grievous to me and painful; but since I have never in all my life denied thee any other favour, I grant thee this one also.’

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