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Taylorian Scholarship and Exhibition, in French,
MICHAELMAS TERM, 1874.
EXAMINERS pro hac vice :
GUSTAVE MASSON, B.A., Univ., Gallic.
T. C. DONKIN, M.A., Worcester College.
EXAMINER ex officio :
F. MAX MÜLLER, M.A.
Professor of Comparative Philology.
1. Traduire en Français :
Who is able to make a muster as it were of them that have been excellent in wit: so difficult a matter it is to run through so many kinds of sciences, and to take a survey of curious handiworks in such variety, of most rare and singular artisans ? Unless haply we agree upon this, and say, that Homer the Greek poet excelled all other, considering either the subject matter, or the happy fortune of his work. And hereupon it was, that Alexander the Great (for in this so proud a censure and comparison, I shall do best to cite the judgment of the highest, and of those that be not subject to envy) having found among the spoils of Darius the king, his perfumier or casket of sweet ointments, and the same richly embellished with gold and costly pearls and precious stones, when his friends about himn shewed him many uses whereto the said coffer or cabinet might be put unto, considering that Alexander him. self could not away with those delicate perfumes, being a warrior, and slurried with bearing arms, and following warfare: when, I say, his gallants about him could not resolve well what service to put it to: himself made no more ado, but said thus, I will have it to serve for a case of Homer's books : judging hereby, that the most rare and precious work proceeding from that so admirable a wit of man, should be bestowed and kept in the richest box and