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ATHENIAN


Such a merry banquet I've never seen before! The Laconians were


simply charming. After the drink is in, why, we're all wise men, every


one of us.


MAGISTRATE


It's only natural, to be sure, for sober, we're all fools. Take my


advice, my fellow-countrymen, our envoys should always be drunk. We go


to Sparta; we enter the city sober; why, we must be picking a


quarrel directly. We don't understand what they say to us, we


imagine a lot they don't say at all, and we report home all wrong, all


topsy-urvy. But, look you, to-day it's quite different; we're


enchanted whatever happens; instead of Clitagora, they might sing us


Telamon, and we should clap our hands just the same. A perjury or


two into the bargain, why! What does that matter to merry companions


in their cups? (The two CHORUSES return.) But here they are back


again! Will you begone, you loafing scoundrels.


(The CHORUSES retire again.)


ATHENIAN


Ah ha! here's the company coming out already.





(Two choruses, one Laconian and one Athenian, enter, dancing to

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