Excerpt from Faust, a Tragedy: The First Part
N o thought of publication dwelt at that time in my mind. My life-long enjoyment of the beauties of the original, and the desire to render them accessible to the friends whom I have gathered around me in this my adopted country, by producing a translation at once more metrical and more lit eral than any then known to me, were the only motives that led to the beginning and urged the continuance of the pres ent work.
I offer no excuses for an undertaking which, coming after Mr. Taylor's, may seem super¿uous; nor will I apologize for its many imperfections.
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