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If the king were present, Cleon, there would be no need of my answering to what you have just proposed. He would himself reprove you for endeavouring to draw him into an imitation of foreign absurdities, and for bringing envy upon him by such unmanly flatt, ry. As he is absent, I take upon me to tell you in his name, that no praise is lasting, but what is rational; and that you do what you can to lessen his glory, inflead of adding to it. Heroes have never, - among us, been deified, till after their death. And what- -ever may be your way of thinking, Cleon, for my part, I wish the king may not, for many years to come, obtain that honour. You have mentioned, as precedents of what you propose, Hercules and Bacchus. Do you imagine, Cleon, that they were deified over a cup of wine And are you and I qualified to make gods? Is the king, our sovereign, to receive his divinity from you and me, who are his subjects First try your power, whether you can make a king. It is, surely, easier to make a king, than a god to give an earthly dominion, than a throne in heaven I only wish, that the gods may have heard, without offence, the arrogant proposal you have made, of adding one to their number; and that they may still be so propitious to us, as to grant the continuance of that success to our affairs, with which they have hitherto favoured us. For my part, I am not ashamed of my country; onor do I approve of our adopting the rites of foreign nations, or learning from them how we ought to reverence our kings. To

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