William Cowper

26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800 / Hertfordshire

On A Mistake In His Translation Of Homer

Cowper had sinned with some excuse,
If, bound in rhyming tethers,
He had committed this abuse
Of changing ewes for wethers;

But, male for female is a trope,
Or rather bold misnomer,
That would have startled even Pope,
When he translated Homer.
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