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Since scorning faction's low and partial aim
Champion of Freedom and her god! rejoice !"
When British Freedom, for a happier land,
WRITTEN IN A VOLUME OF
POEMS PRESENTED BY MR.
COLERIDGE TO DR. A.—A HIGHLY RESPECTED FRIEND, THE LOSS OF WHOSE SOCIETY HE DEEPLY REGRETTED.
To meet, to know, to love--and then to part,
OR, THE FIRST PART OF WALLENSTEIN.
TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN OP SCHILLER.
PREFACE OF THE TRANSLATOR.
It was my intention to have prefixed a Life of Wallenstein to this translation; but I found that it must either have occupied a space wholly disproportionate to the nature of the publication, or have been merely a meagre catalogue of event's narrated not more fully than they already are in the Play itself. The recent translation, likewise, of Schiller's “ History of the Thirty Years' War" diminished the motives thereto. In the translation I endeavoured to render my Author literally wherever I was not prevented by absolute differences of idiom ; but I am conscious, that in two or three short passages I have been guilty of dilating the original; and, from anxiety to give the full meaning, have weakened the force. In the metre I have availed myself of no other liberties than those which Schiller had permitted to himself, except the occasional breaking-up of the line by the substitution of a trochee for an iambic; of which liberty, so frequent in our tragedies, I find no instance in these dramas.
S. T. COLERIDGE.