The first of these philosophers was endowed with a lively and brilliant imagination, and clothed with the charms of a seducing language, the purest morals in paganism. In lending to the grave teachings of Socrates, the graces and liveliness of Lis spirit, Plato secured for them immense popularity, and an eternal duration, which they would not, perhaps, have obtained without these foreign ornaments. But we have not to consider here, either the profound moralist or elegant writer, worthy of the surname of the Swan of the Academy ; we can only occupy ourselves with Plato in his
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