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Stop now and tell me, Ion, without reserve what I may choose to ask you: when you give a good recitation and specially thrill your audience, either with the lay of Odysseus1 leaping forth on to the threshold, revealing himself to the suitors and pouring out the arrows before his feet, or of Achilles2 dashing at Hector, or some part of the sad story of Andromache3 or of Hecuba,4 or of Priam,5 are you then in your senses, or are you carried out of yourself, and does your soul in an ecstasy suppose

1 Od. 22.2ff.

2 Il. 22.312ff.

3 Il. 6.370-502; 22.437-515.

4 Il. 22.430-36; 24.747-59.

5 Il. 22.408-28; 24.144-717.

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