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XX. TO MY WORTHY AND HONORED FRIEND,
MASTER GEORGE CHAPMAN.
Whose work, could this be, CHAPMAN, to refine
Old Hesiod's ore, and give it thus ! but thine,
Who hadst before wrought in rich Homer's mine.
What treasure hast thou brought us ! and what store
Still, still, dost thou arrive with at our shore,
To make thy honor, and our wealth the more !
If all the vulgar tongues that speak this day
Were ask'd of thy discoveries ; they must say,
To the Greek coast thine only knew the way.
Such passage hast thou found, such returns made,
As now of all men, it is call'd thy trade,
And who make thither else, rob, or invade.
Jonson, Ben. The Works of Ben Jonson.
Boston: Phillips, Sampson, and Co., 1853. 817.
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