« PredošláPokračovať »
For the Ufe of thofe who are defirous of acquiring or
BY C. SMART, A. M.
OF PEMBROKE-COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
PRINTED BY P. WOGAN, NO. 23, OLD-BRIDGE.
following verfion being the work of a man, who has made poetry, perhaps, too much the bufinefs of his life, fome account of his motives for undertaking it may feem neceffary. In the first place, then, there was reason to believe that a thing of this kind, properly executed, would very ufeful to those who are defirous of acquiring or recovering a competent knowledge of the Latin tongue. Secondly, the extraordinary fuccefs which attempts of this kind have met with, though by men who manifeftly did not understand the author, any otherwise than through a French medium; though printed in large volumes; and fold at a proportionable price; gave sufficient reafon for the tranflator to hope, that his labour would not be in vain; I fay labour; for genius, if he had any pretenfions to it, could not have been exerted in the work before us.
The purchafer will herein find, that cheapnefs and convenience, have been confulted for his fervice.
Though every line is conftrued almoft verbatim, yet abfolute baldness has been, as much as poffible, avoided.
The learned reader need not be informed, that this version was not intended for him; though some of the most eminent of that character have condefcended to examine the manufcript, and given it the fanction of their approbation.
With regard to the Latin text, the best editions have been diligently confulted; and it is prefumed the judicious will find in the following sheets fome emendations and improvements, which have ef caped former editors. What errors there may be, either of the prefs or otherwife, will be found, perhaps, of fuch a nature, and fo feldom to occur, that they may be rather of fervice, by giving the young Atudent fome opportunities of fhewing his fagacity in the discovery of them.
I fhall take leave of my reader in the words of an old poet, which are applicable enough to this undertaking:
Dumos inter et afpera
Par eft judicii mora
Pompa gloria vilis est.
N. B. This work will be particularly useful to fuch foreign Gentlemen as are already acquainted with the Latin, and are defirous of being maf ters of the English tongue.