Sunday, March 25, 2012

Oppian's Halieuticks

Oppian's Halieuticks (1722)

Working on Camerarius' nature emblems, I've been seeing references to Oppian and his work on fishes so I thought it would be fun to include this 18th-century English translation of Oppian by "Mr. Diaper." The translation is into English verse; here are a couple of couplets for your reading pleasure:
For who with all his Skill can certain teach,
How deep the Sea, how far the Waters reach?
Foolish th' Attempt; none can the Space define,
The Depth retires beneath, and mocks the sinking Line.


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