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If, as Keats has said in his Preface to Endymion, there is no fiercer hell on earth than failure in a great object, I confess to feeling myself in a perilous position. It is my privilege in this volume to introduce to readers of English a body of lyric poetry which critics unite in assigning to the highest rank of literary achievement. That I am inadequate to the task may safely go without saying. In defence I may but urge: first, that so fine an opportunity seemed in itself an inspiration: and, secondly, that at least the attempt was not entered upon lightly. And even though the translation falls far below the original, something may have been accomplished.
Further apology would be out of place. It is, however, necessary to state briefly how I have attempted to solve the main questions of technic that presented themselves. In the first place, I have followed pretty strictly the meter and rhyme-scheme of the originals, believing that the form of a given poem is no less essential than is the thought. In the frequent cases where I found it impossible to give at once an exact and an artistic rendering of the content, I have tried to be true to the spirit rather than to the letter. To be successful, a verse translation should, above all things, be poetry. In this adaptation I have sought to preserve at least the integrity and sincerity of tone that characterized the originals. Each separate instance demanded a separate exercise of taste, and in matters of taste one must not defend one's self.
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