1718 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Trapp

Abel Evans, 1718 ca.; in Thomas Hearne, Reliquae Hearniae, ed. Bliss (1869) 2:140.



Mr. Trap's translation of Virgil into blanck verse being scouted, and justly looked upon as a poor performance, when the first volume (for it is in two) came out, Dr. Evans of St. John's college, was (as 'tis said) pleased to express himself thus:

Keep the commandments, Trap, and go no further,
For it is written, that thou shalt not murder.