1. Is it clear? 2. Does it have rhythm? How have I offended you, and to what great measure, that you refuse to be my friend? In the early times I sought to rear you up, even to place you on a throne, to supplant her whom I deemed a tyrant in my youthful imagination, that you might make the outcasts one with the popular, and humble her that she should yearn for power in futility, until she had learned the ways of gentleness, and be restored to her first throne, to do as you do along with you. But if through the increase of power you were corrupted, none of that was my doing, nor my desire. Therefore, what have you against me? You ought to return and be my friend, and we will make no mention of the early days.