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same sentence, though it has some meaning, p. 144. In p. 147, Aidi tolã uloco morilecek is sunk into l'abus, and ourýlais not touched. In the same page, Tupãy xài xonæxíveoba is mistranslated. heureux dans vos Assemblées.' In p. 167, dtoqwgúmpezda, separated, cut off-trenched off from each other, is feebly and imperfectly given by a long periphrasis. In 171, arixoutes, hold back,' is not translated at all, and ävw xào xalo wezosúrs ta tõv Earýowy agdéquata, (same page) turned the affairs of the Greeks upside down, --topsyturvy is too coarse for the modern Attic, we presumé, and passed by accordingly.-But we must have done; and can only take another instance, which M. Planche himself has selected as a specimen (and we surely must suppose it to be a favourable one) of his being able to give the form and spirit of the original. He gives the passage, and a remarkable one it is, in his Preface; and remarks, very properly, upon the failure of Laharpe, who renders it in such a manner that he might as well have said, generally, Here the orator said something
about going as Ambassador to Thebes.' It runs thus
• Ούκ είπον μέν Παύτα, ουκ έραψα δεν εδε έγραψα μεν, έκ επρέσβευσαδες έδε
proposer mon avis sans rediger le decret, ni de rediger le decret sans me charger de l'ambassade, ni de me charger de l'ambassade sans persuader les Thebans ; mais depuis le commencement jusqu'à la conclusion de cette affaire, je fis tout ce qui pouvait en assurer le succès, et je me livrai sans reserve à tous les perils dont la republique était environnée.' And we have no difficulty in admitting, that this is well ;-si sic omnia ! The beginning is given with great fidelity and spirit, though mon avis' is hardly a translation of tata; but, as if weary of well-doing, he flags at the end.- dice wávlw is wholly omitted, and the essential and descriptive word doesondor is let down to je fis tout ce qui pouvait en assurer le succès ;' and lastly, (though this is of less importance), Demosthenes does not say he gave himself up to the perils, &c., but to his country—upãr. We attempt the passage as follows,—but, it must be remembered, in homely English,—which, of course, cannot vie with the modern Attic in ‘force, clearness, nobleness, harmony,' and so forth.
• Nor did I propose these measures, and not reduce them into the form of a Decree ;- nor did I reduce them into the form of a Decree, and not go as Ambassador ; nor did I go as Ambassador, and not
convert * the Thebans ;--but from the beginnings-throughout the whole to the very end, I went through, and gave myself up to You, without reserve, against the perils which surrounded the country.'
We have given througħ' twice, because in the original it is so, and as we render against,' which it must be, or as to,' or for the purposes of;' for it cannot be “in,' as usually translated.
There is one consideration, it seems, which has induced M. Planche to bring forward his present work, which it is impossible to pass over without expressing some interest. The introduction of the Representative System, and, in consequence, of a larger share of popular Influence in the Government, are assigned by him as a reason for attempting to make his countrymen acquainted with these precious remains of Antiquity. Most heartily do we wish M. Planche success in this part of his undertaking; and that our volatile neighbours, by catching some portion of that spirit which blazes out in every page of these immortal works, may acquire and preserve a zealous and steady attachment to genuine and practicable Freedom, which they have hitherto seen dimly and obscurely in long perspective, and of the benefit of which they have begun, of late only, to feel some effects.
* We might have quoted this passage, when we were noticing the advantage of Demosthenes, in having convertible Audiences. He considered this conversion of the Thebans as a great triumph.
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