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“For a man, indeed, to become good truly is hard,
In hands and feet and mind foursquare,
Fashioned without reproach.

Simonides Fr. 37.1
Do you know the ode, or shall I recite the whole?

To this I replied: There is no need, for I know it it happens that I have especially studied that ode.

I am glad to hear it, he said. Now do you regard it as finely and correctly composed or not?

Very finely and correctly, I replied.

And do you regard it as finely composed, if the poet contradicts himself?

No, I replied.

Then observe it more closely, he said.

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