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Wadham College in OXFOR D.
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Three Golden Flower de Luces in Little Britain; and fold by
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:: SEAS HE Poems of the Antients, translated
into modern Languages, are justly compard to Flowers, of the Growth of warmer Regions, transplanted thence in to our colder Climates : They often die in the Raising ; but, if with Difficulty
they are brought to bear, the Flowers they produce, wanting the indulgent Warmth of their native Sun, ilegenerate from their antient Stock ; they impair in Liveliness of Colour, and lose their Fragrancy of Smell, or retain at best but a faint Odour. Verse in like manner, when transplanted from the Language of one Countrey into that of another, participates of all the Defects of the Air and Soil : and when antient Wit comes to be taught and confin'd in modern Numbers, the noble Spirit, for want of the Warmth with which the Original was written, evaporates in Tranfusing, and often becomes little better than a dead and senseless Image. Hence we see, that, tho? Composing be indeed the nobler Part of Poetry, yet to translate well is scarce a les difficult Task. The Materials, Igrant, are found to the Translator's Hands; but then his Fansy is bound
ир, and confin'd; for be must build according to bis Model : and tho’ bis Invention toil the leß, bis Fudgment must labour the more ; otherwise he will never copy bis Original, nor do Justice to his Aut bour,