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whom they have wronged: for that is the sentence inflicted upon them

by their judges. Those also who are remarkable for having led holy

lives are released from this earthly prison, and go to their pure home

which is above, and dwell in the purer earth; and those who have

duly purified themselves with philosophy live henceforth altogether

without the body, in mansions fairer far than these, which may not

be described, and of which the time would fail me to tell.

Wherefore, Simmias, seeing all these things, what ought not we to do

in order to obtain virtue and wisdom in this life? Fair is the

prize, and the hope great.

I do not mean to affirm that the description which I have given of

the soul and her mansions is exactly true-a man of sense ought

hardly to say that. But I do say that, inasmuch as the soul is shown

to be immortal, he may venture to think, not improperly or unworthily,

that something of the kind is true. The venture is a glorious one, and

he ought to comfort himself with words like these, which is the reason

why lengthen out the tale. Wherefore, I say, let a man be of good

cheer about his soul, who has cast away the pleasures and ornaments of

the body as alien to him, and rather hurtful in their effects, and has

followed after the pleasures of knowledge in this life; who has

adorned the soul in her own proper jewels, which are temperance, and

justice, and courage, and nobility, and truth-in these arrayed she

is ready to go on her journey to the world below, when her time comes.

You, Simmias and Cebes, and all other men, will depart at some time or

other. Me already, as the tragic poet would say, the voice of fate

calls. Soon I must drink the poison; and I think that I had better

repair to the bath first, in order that the women may not have the

trouble of washing my body after I am dead.

When he had done speaking, Crito said: And have you any commands for

us, Socrates-anything to say about your children, or any other

matter in which we can serve you?

Nothing particular, he said: only, as I have always told you, I

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