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t * ec StiHrpleased to praise , yet not afraid to blame . "—Pope .
Art . I . —Helon ' s Pilg-rimage to Jerusalem , fyc . By F . Strauss . ( Concluded from p . 678 . ) TAKEN in all its circumstances and hearings , the Jewish constitution is the most memorable object in the page of history . On a comprehensive survey of this dispensation , we must even acknowledge , that no person deserves the title of a
welUinformed Christian , who is but imperfectly acquainted with the nature , principles and evidences of the Mosaic law . These subjects , however , are less studied and understood than the
importance of them demands : they have not , we suspect , their just share in courses of religious instruction ; they do not occupy a sufficient degree of our thoughts and reading . We forget the intimate alliance existing between the Old Testament and the New :
between the divine mission of the Hebrew legislator and that of Jesus of Nazareth . This neglect and ignorance are , perhaps , attributable , in part , to the remote antiquity of the Jewish Scriptures , and the vast difference of Eastern customs from our own . Nor
<; an it be denied that those books present more and greater difficulties , even of style , than the records of the g « s » pel . But are the difficulties insurmountable ? Ought they not to animate rather than check our diligence ? n the concerns of the world , in the
pursuit of some favourite end of wealth , or pleasure , or outward distinction , 3 d studies and inquiries that are merely secular , do we permit ourselves to be so soon and easily deterred ? Do we then refuse to labour
with a zeal that carries us through every obstacle ? Let us not give cause of Its being supposed , that our judgment and our feelings can be attracted more readily by any thing than )> y religion : to every division of the Sacred Volume let us consecrate a due regard , in order that our faith may "e stable , and have a sovereign influence over our characters and lives . With these views of the eminent yalue of the books of the former eo' enant , ami of an accurate knowledge
of whatever concerns the singular people to whom they were committed , we hail the appearance of the present work in an English dress . . There are literary undertakings , the arduousness and benefit of which men
do not correctly estimate . One of these employments , is translation : to excel in it , requires attainments and qualifications that we rarely see in a single individual ; and this task , laborious , delicate and useful , as we must confess it to be , is commonly intrusted
to inferior pens , or , though placed in the hands of scholars , is too often performed in a slovenly and careless manner . The history of English translations , will evince the accuracy of these remarks : to which , nevertheless ,
it furnishes some honourable exceptions . Among the successful efforts in this department of literature , which our own times and country have witnessed , none can fairly claim a higher rank than belongs to the version now coming under our review .
In an Essay , * characterised by elegance and discrimination , some admirable general rules have been given for judging of the merits of a translation : it is shewn that the translation
should be a complete transcript of the ideas of the original work , that the style and manner of writing * should correspond with that of the original , and that tlie translation should have
alL the ease of original composition . Under each of these general laws are comprehended many subsidiary precepts : nor is it an ordinary degree of intelligence and talent , that can fulfil these several requisitions . The editor and translator of FIdon ' s
Pilgrimage , & : e , evidently possesses an intimate acquaintance with his author ' s native language , and with his own . Accordingly , he is literaland faithful , without being servile , and proves his ability of retaining the
* " On the Principles oi Translation . " [ London , 3791 . ] We believe that an enlarged edition of this performance appeared subsequently , and that tfre author was the lute Lord Wddd'hbuselee [ A- F . Tytlerl .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1826, page 351, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2549/page/35/