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(Gregory put a collection of Basil’s letters with his own, and gave them the first place.  Nicobulus seems to have been surprised at this, and asked the reason.  Gregory explains as follows.)

I have always preferred the Great Basil to myself, though he was of the contrary opinion; and so I do now, not less for truth’s sake than for friendship’s.  This is the reason why I have given his letters the first place and my own the second.  For I hope we two will always be coupled together; and also I would supply others with an example of modesty and submission.

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