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[80b] and have already fallen to a speed similar to that with which the slower sounds collide with them afterwards and move them; and when the slower overtake the quicker sounds they do not perturb them by imposing upon them a different motion, but they attach to them the beginning of a slower motion in accord with that which was quicker but is tending to cease; and thus from shrill and deep they blend one single sensation, furnishing pleasure thereby to the unintelligent, and to the intelligent that intellectual delight1 which is caused by the imitation of the divine harmony2 manifested in mortal motions.

Furthermore, as regards all flowings of waters, and fallings


1 εὐφροσύνη (quasi εὐφεροσύνη), derived from φέρω, φορά(“motion”); Cf. Cratyl. 419 D. The two kinds of sound, quicker and slower, are supposed to be blended by the time they reach the ear.

2 Cf. 47 C ff.

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