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To the Rood. Frances A. Peabody regarded

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Franklin Johnsson. Cambridge, Mass., April 24, 1884.

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PREFACE.

IN 1865 I published in a religious journal a translation of the Dies Iræ in double rhymes. When the glamour of composition had passed away, the defects of my performance were so apparent that I determined to correct them. I did not suppose that the task would prove arduous; but though so long a time has elapsed, my ideal is still far above my attainment. The work occupied my attention at frequent intervals for fifteen years, and I think that in few months of this period did I fail to make some progress. There were weeks in succession during which, both day and night, my mind was filled with the stanzas. At such seasons, the moment that I gained a little leisure, they

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