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[712b]

Athenian
Let us apply the oracle to your State, and so try, like greybeard boys, to model its laws by our discourse.1

Clinias
Yes, let us proceed, and delay no longer.

Athenian
Let us invoke the presence of the God at the establishment of the State; and may he hearken, and hearkening may he come, propitious and kindly to us-ward, to help us in the fashioning of the State and its laws.

Clinias
Yes, may he come!

Athenian
Well, what form of polity is it that we intend to impose

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