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Being sensible that the work which I now offer to meisies the public is more confined in its objects than most are the generasi publications connected with classical literature, and of that though thus limited, its extent is likely to prove greater than the object in the eyes of many/may appear to deserve, I think it desirable to say a few words in its defence, and to state some of the considerations which have induced me to hazard its publication ; reception by the classical reader; Having done this, and I will offer a few remarks, which I have been led to their make during the progress of the worke I prefer Tudo Shani! throwing these into the form of an Introduction, and so disposing of them at once, rather than scattering there them at intervals throughout the work, so that the succeeding numbers may be—what they profess to be—collections of parallel passages.

In These remarks - Johaltlinie will chiefly have reference to two subjects. First, onttirolo the degrees and kinds of resemblance between certain of our own poets and the Greek tragedians whom I have undertaken to illustrate; how far, and in what cases, such resemblance is to be considered as the

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result of imitation, or not: and, secondly, the chief
kinds and peculiarities of the Greek metaphor, espe-
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when contrasted with the Latin and English.
» In justification of my design, I will begin by ob-

serving that If there is one faculty in our mental of the mind

constitution to the exercise of which the most im-
portant results are attached, it is that of discovering

resemblances, and consequently differences : on this and

partly depends the association of thought; by this, at first an mila.man is imitative; and in virtue of this only is the-a live being andat philosopher. The pleasure attendant on the exercise

of any faculty is almost always, as nearly as possible, fire philosopher

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result. Though it would not be a very satisfactory one on which to depend, yet I would almost trust for success to this principle; or, in other words, claim no more for my book than the recommendation of amusement. There is, however, rarely a comparison without an inference; and to those to whom it proves amusing, I cannot help trusting that it may prove something

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I am quite aware that there are minute critics who view the coincidence of the noblest thoughts of men, who living in ages far divided, have been each the glory of his own, with nearly as much indifference, as

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they would the resemblance between two leaves from
the same tree, or bricks from the same building; and
who consider the fact, that the elision of the iota of
the dative singular occurs six times, neither more
nor less, in the Greek tragedies, far better worth the

expense of labour to investigate, and letter-press to
Jdivulge, than that Sophocles and Shakspeare, fol-
Mowing the unchanging laws of man's nature, and
themselves governed by the same laws of thought,
Shave, without connivance, agreed to put nearly the dire

same words into the mouths of similar characters, placed

where their circumstances corresponded; for that vimilofthey have both discovered the aptness of the same

imagery for expressing similar relationships of mind
and matter.] From these critics, and from those
amongst younger scholars, who, as the term is, get
up a given quantity of Greek poetry, as a matter of
university business, I cannot of course expect much
sympathy or encouragement. There are, however, a
widely different class—professional men, whose days
of study are indeed gone by, but who recur to their
classics as a relaxation, and to whom English illustra-
tions might be more agreeable than critical remarks ;
and younger students, who find in the reading of the
Greek tragedians something more than a mere exer-
cise in the acquirement of the language. To such

I should humbly, but without hesitation, offer the revearcher of Schelaru shall have made as a acquain

ed with all the lawer of language and versihcahimand all the fecuhaničen

and sentiment it will then be time enough to enter upon the question of farallell jafrage. But till then he shall run the risk

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