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[573a] of his idle and prodigal1 appetites, a monstrous winged2 drone. Or do you think the spirit of desire in such men is aught else?” “Nothing but that,” he said. “And when the other appetites, buzzing3 about it, replete with incense and myrrh and chaplets and wine, and the pleasures that are released in such revelries, magnifying and fostering it to the utmost, awaken in the drone the sting of unsatisfied yearnings,4 why then this protector of the soul has madness for his body-guard and runs amuck,5 and if it finds in the man

1 For τὰ ἕτοιμα cf. 552 B, Symp. 200 D and E, and Horace, Odes i. 31. 17 “frui paratis.”

2 Cf. Alc. I. 135 Eἔρωτα ὑπόπτερον and the fragment of Eubulus (fr. 41, Kock ii. p. 178): τίς ἦν γράψας πρῶτος ἀνθρώπων ἄρα κηροπλαστήσας Ἔρωθ᾽ ὑπόπτερον

3 Cf. 564 D.

4 Cf. Phaedrus 253 E.

5 For οἰστρᾷ Cf. Phaedr. 240 D.

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