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23. But the true32743274    The carelessness of some copyist makes the ms. read ve-st-ri, “your,” corrected as above by Ursinus. gods, and those who are worthy to have and to wear the dignity of this name, neither conceive anger nor indulge a grudge, nor do they contrive by insidious devices what may be hurtful to another party. For verily it is profane, and surpasses all acts of sacrilege, to believe that that wise and most blessed nature is uplifted in mind if one prostrates himself before it in humble adoration; and if this adoration be not paid, that it deems itself despised, and regards itself as fallen from the pinnacle of its glory. It is childish, weak, and petty, and scarcely becoming for those whom the experience of learned men has for a long time called demigods and heroes,32753275    So Ursinus, followed by Heraldus, LB., and Orelli, for the ms. errores, which Stewechius would change into errones—“vagrants”—referring to the spirits wandering over the earth: most other edd., following Gelenius, read, “called demigods, that these indeed”—dæmonas appellat, et hos, etc. not to be versed in heavenly things, and, divesting themselves of their own proper state, to be busied with the coarser matter of earth.


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