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Non ita certandi cupidus, quàm propter amorem,
Quod te imitari aveo.

LUCRETIUS,

LONDON:
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS.

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J. W. Parsonol-1857

THIS VOLUME

IS TO

FRANKLIN LEIFCHILD, ESQ.,

WITH

ENTIRE AFFECTION DEDICATED,

Nec me animi fallit, Graiorum obscura reperta
Difficile inlustrare Latineis versibus esse,
Propter egestatem linguæ et rerum novitatem ;
Sed tua me virtus tamen, et sperata voluptas
Suavis amicitiæ, quemvis perferre laborem
Cogit, et inducit nocteis vigilare serenas,
Quærentem dicteis quibus, aut quo carmine demum,
Clara tuæ possim præpandere lumina menti,
Res quibus occultas penitus convisere possis.

LUCRETIUS.

NOR 'scapes it me, how hard the enterprise,
To illustrate the high recondite sense
[Of Tuscan poets with an English rhyme ;]
Nathless thy virtue, and the hoped-for pleasure
Of thy sweet friendship, me compel to bear
All labour, and to watch the calm nights through,
Exploring by what words, what numbers even,
I may dispread clear beams before thy mind,
That inly thou mayst view all things withdrawn.

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