The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter

The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter

The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter

The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter

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The Moors ('tis said) us'd to cast their new- born children into the sea, and only if they swam would think 'em worth their care; but mine, with more neglect, I turn into the world; for sink or swim, I have done all I design'd for't. I have already, with as much satisfaction as Aeneas in a cloud heard Dido praise him, heard the Beaux-Criticks condemn this translation before they saw it, and with as much judgment as if they had: And after they had prophetically discover'd all the flaws in the turns of thought, the cadence of periods, and had almost brought in Epick and Drama, they supt their coffee, took snuff, and charitably concluded to send Briscoe the pye-woman to help off with his books. Well, I have nothing to say, but that these brisk gentlemen that draw without occasion, must put up without satisfaction.

After the injury of 1700 years, or better, and the several editions in Quarto, Octavo, Duodecimo, etc., with their respective notes to little purpose; for these annotators upon matters of no difficulty, are so tedious, that you can't get rid . . .

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