Let me be content with being happy, without sighing that I am not distinguished.
Time's stern tide, with cold Oblivion's wave, Shall soon dissolve each fair, each fading charm.
Though just biographical record will touch the failings of the good and the eminent with tenderness.
Were I to flatter myself with the possibility of success in such combat, it would indeed be presumption.
A masculine education cannot spare from professional study and the necessary acquisition of languages, the time and attention which I have bestowed on the compositions of my countrymen.