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[715e] when he is young, but at its keenest when he is old.

Clinias
Very true.

Athenian
What, then, is to be our next step? May we not assume that our immigrants have arrived and are in the country, and should we not proceed with our address to them?

Clinias
Of course.

Athenian
Let us, then, speak to them thus:—“O men, that God who, as old tradition1 tells, holdeth the beginning, the end, and the center of all things that exist,

1 Probably Orphic, quoted thus by the scholiast:Ζεὺς ἀρχή, Ζεὺς μέσσα, Διὸς δ᾽ ἐκ πάντα τέτυκται.

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