1697 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Samuel Say

John Hughes to Samuel Say, 6 November, 1697; Duncombe, ed. Letters by Several Eminent Persons (1772; 1773) 1:20-21.



You have here something [Hughes's translation of Horace Ode 1:22] in imitation of an author with whom I am endeavouring daily to grow more acquainted; and I cannot, without ingratitude, omit this occasion of owning, that, if have yet attained any true taste in him, it is in a great measure owing to your judicious conversation, of which I am no so unhappily deprived. Such as it is, the ode is yours, for I translated it purposely for your sake, and I have had such a respect to your judgment, that I have omitted no care to make it as perfect as I am able, and I am sure you cannot in reason expect more from me. I should be very glad if in your next you will tell me the faults I have committed, for it is the first time I have attempted the Pindarical way. Mistake this not for a compliment, for as you are one on whose judgment I can rely, so I declare to you that you cannot do me a more friendly office.