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and saving a life which is already gone: I could only laugh at

myself for this. Please then to do as I say, and not to refuse me.

Crito, when he heard this, made a sign to the servant, and the

servant went in, and remained for some time, and then returned with

the jailer carrying a cup of poison. Socrates said: You, my good

friend, who are experienced in these matters, shall give me directions

how I am to proceed. The man answered: You have only to walk about

until your legs are heavy, and then to lie down, and the poison will

act. At the same time he handed the cup to Socrates, who in the

easiest and gentlest manner, without the least fear or change of color

or feature, looking at the man with all his eyes, Echecrates, as his

manner was, took the cup and said: What do you say about making a

libation out of this cup to any god? May I, or not? The man

answered: We only prepare, Socrates, just so much as we deem enough. I

understand, he said: yet I may and must pray to the gods to prosper my

journey from this to that other world-may this, then, which is my

prayer, be granted to me. Then holding the cup to his lips, quite

readily and cheerfully he drank off the poison. And hitherto most of

us had been able to control our sorrow; but now when we saw him

drinking, and saw too that he had finished the draught, we could no

longer forbear, and in spite of myself my own tears were flowing fast;

so that I covered my face and wept over myself, for certainly I was

not weeping over him, but at the thought of my own calamity in

having lost such a companion. Nor was I the first, for Crito, when

he found himself unable to restrain his tears, had got up and moved

away, and I followed; and at that moment. Apollodorus, who had been

weeping all the time, broke out in a loud cry which made cowards of us

all. Socrates alone retained his calmness: What is this strange

outcry? he said. I sent away the women mainly in order that they might

not offend in this way, for I have heard that a man should die in

peace. Be quiet, then, and have patience.

When we heard that, we were ashamed, and refrained our tears; and he

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