The Works of William Cowper, Volume 3

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H. G. Bohn, 1854

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Page 413 - I still, as at the first, allow myself a liberty. On all other occasions I prune with an unsparing hand, determined that there shall not be found in the whole translation an idea that is not Homer's. My ambition is, to produce the closest copy possible, and at the same time as harmonious as I know how to make it. This being my object, you will no longer think, if indeed you have thought so at all, that I am unnecessarily and overmuch industrious.

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