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HIS LIFE AND GENIUS

SPECIMENS OF HIS PLAYS

RICHARD CHENEVIX TRENCH, B.D.

AUTHOR OF "THE STUDY OF WORDS"—" ENGLISH, PAST AND PRESENT"—" LESSONS
ON PBOVEBBS"—" SYNONYMS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT"—" POEMS," ETC

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PREFACE.

These translations have lain by me for nearly twice the nine years during which Horace recommended that a poem should remain in its author's power. They formed part of a larger scheme long ago conceived; but in the carrying out of which I presently discovered inner difficulties; not to say that it would have required, as I also soon was aware, a far greater amount of time and labor than I was either willing or had a right to bestow upon it. The scheme was consequently laid aside. At the same time I did not lay aside the hope of rescuing a few portions of my work from the absolute oblivion to which the remainder, written and unwritten, was consigned; and of preparing these, if ever a convenient time should arrive, for the press. The time was long in arriving. It is, however, these portions which, with a few later

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