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P R E F A C E.
THE following version being the work
of a man who has made poetry, perhaps, too much the business of his life, fome account of his motives for undertaking it may seem necessary. In the first place, then, there was reason to believe that a thing of this kind, properly executed, would be very useful to those who are defirous of acquiring or recovering a competent knowledge of the Latin tongue, Secondly, the extraordinary success which attempts of this kind have met with, though by men who manifestly did not understand the author any otherwise than through a French medium, and tho' printed in large volumes and sold at a proportionable price, gave sufficient reason for the translator to
hope, that his labour would not be in vain ; I say, labour, for genius, if he had any pretensions to it, could not have been exerted in the work before us.
Though every line is construed almost verbatim, yet absolute baldness has been, as much as posible, 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 condescended to examine the manuscript, and given it the fanction of their approbation.
With regard to the Latin text, the best editions have been diligently consulted; and it is presumed the judicious will find in the following sheets fome emendations and improvements, which have escaped former editors. What errors there may be, either of the press or otherwise, will be found, perhaps, of such a nature, and so seldom to occur, that they may be rather of service,
by giving the young
student some opportunities of shewing his fagacity in the discovery of them.
I shall take leave of my reader in the words of an old poet, which are applicable enough to this undertaking:
Dumos inter et aspera
N. B. This work will be particularly useful
To such foreign Gentlemen as are already acquainted with the Latin, and are defirous of being masters of the English tongue.