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Soc. And he who cannot rise above his own compilations and

compositions, which he has been long patching, and piecing, adding

some and taking away some, may be justly called poet or speech-maker

or law-maker.

Phaedr. Certainly.

Soc. Now go and tell this to your companion.

Phaedr. But there is also a friend of yours who ought not to be

forgotten.

Soc. Who is he?

Phaedr. Isocrates the fair:-What message will you send to him, and

how shall we describe him?

Soc. Isocrates is still young, Phaedrus; but I am willing to

hazard a prophecy concerning him.

Phaedr. What would you prophesy?

Soc. I think that he has a genius which soars above the orations

of Lysias, and that his character is cast in a finer mould. My

impression of him is that he will marvelously improve as he grows

older, and that all former rhetoricians will be as children in

comparison of him. And I believe that he will not be satisfied with

rhetoric, but that there is in him a divine inspiration which will

lead him to things higher still. For he has an element of philosophy

in his nature. This is the message of the gods dwelling in this place,

and which I will myself deliver to Isocrates, who is my delight; and

do you give the other to Lysias, who is yours.

Phaedr. I will; and now as the heat is abated let us depart.

Soc. Should we not offer up a prayer first of all to the local

deities?

Phaedr. By all means.

Soc. Beloved Pan, and all ye other gods who haunt this place, give

me beauty in the inward soul; and may the outward and inward man be at

one. May I reckon the wise to be the wealthy, and may I have such a

quantity of gold as a temperate man and he only can bear and

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