[ 8 || hath done thee; for it is thy cause, and not my own that I am to judge. 3. Aristides and the poet. A poet having a cause before Aristides, entreated him to stretch a point in his favor; on which Aristides replied, if you contracted or lengthened your lines contrary to the just measure of poetry, you would not be a just poet; how then could I be esteemed a good judge, if I decided aught in opposition to law or justice. %. Solon. Anacharsis was accustomed to deride the mild laws of Solon, saying, that laws were like cobwebs; as the weak fly is caught in them, while the vigorous insect breaks through them, so the poor delinquent is caught in the web of the law, while the rich man breaks through it.
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