And we accordingly, O Timocrates, will restore to you the relics of the feast of the Deipnosophists, and will not give them, as Cothocides the orator said, meaning to ridicule Demosthenes, who, when Philip gave Halonnesus to the Athenians, advised them “not to take it if he gave it, but only if he restored it.” And this sentence Antiphanes jested upon in his Neottis, where he ridicules it in this manner—
My master has received (ἀπέλαβεν) as he took (ἔλαβεν）And Alexis says, in his Soldier—
His patrimonial inheritance.
How would these words have pleased Demosthenes!
A. Receive this thing.[p. 355] And in his Brothers he says—
B. What is it
A. Why the child
Which I had from you, which I now bring back.
B. Why? will you no more keep him?
A. He's not mine.
B. Nor mine.
A. But you it was who gave him me.
B. I gave him not.
A. How so?
B. I but restored him.
A. You gave me what I never need have taken.
A. For did I give them anything? Tell me that.And Anaxilas, in his Evandria, says—
B. No, you restored it, holding a deposit.
. . . . Give it not,And Timocles says in his Heroes—
Only restore it.
B. Here I now have brought it.
A. You bid me now to speak of everythingAccording, therefore, to the above-mentioned poets, so we, restoring but not giving to you what followed after the previous conversation, will now tell you all that was said afterwards.
Rather than what is to the purpose; well,
I'll gratify you so far.
B. You shall find
As the first fruits that you have pacified
The great Demosthenes.
A. But who is he?
B. That Briareus who swallows spears and shields;
A man who hates all quibbles; never uses
Antithesis nor trope; but from his eyes
Glares terrible Mars.