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[341e] that “hard” is “bad” we have clear proof forthwith in the next phrase, where he says—

“God alone can have this privilege.

Simonides Fr. 37.1.14
Surely he cannot mean that it is bad to be good, if he proceeds here to say that God alone can have this thing, and attributes this privilege to God only; otherwise Prodicus would call Simonides a rake, and no true Cean. But I should like to tell you what I take to be Simonides' intention in this ode, if you care to test my powers,

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