OF THE VIRTUES OF AGRICULTURE AND THE PRAISE OF IT. OF THE NECESSITY OF PRAYER IN ALL UNDERTAKINGS.
NOW, I tell you this, Critobulus, continued Socrates, because I would have you know that even the greatest and richest men cannot be wholly neglectful of agriculture. For we see that those who make it their care find it to be both a pleasant pursuit, and a means of adding to their wealth; whilst it exercises the body, so strengthening it to do all that a free man should. For in the first place it is to those who cultivate it that the earth yields means of sustenance, and of enjoyment as well. Next also it provides them with decorations for altars and statues, as well as for their own persons, and these very sweet to smell and to see. And there is much food too, some of which it produces, some of which it rears, inasmuch as the art of tending cattle comes into the province of agriculture. And thus have men sufficient, both for giving