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Then Apollo, the son of Zeus, smiled upon them and said: “Foolish mortals and poor drudges are you, that you seek cares and hard toils and straits! Easily will I tell you a word and set it in your hearts. [535] Though each one of you with knife in hand should slaughter sheep continually, yet would you always have abundant store, even all that the glorious tribes of men bring here for me. But guard you my temple and receive the tribes of men that gather to this place, [539a] and especially show mortal men my will, and do you keep righteousness in your heart. [539b] But if any shall be disobedient and pay no heed to my warning, [540] or if there shall be any idle word or deed and outrage as is common among mortal men, then other men shall be your masters and with a strong hand shall make you subject for ever. All has been told you: do you keep it in your heart.”

[545] And so, farewell, son of Zeus and Leto; but I will remember you and another hymn also.

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