Houghton, Miffin and Co. have just published a book entitled "Horalian Echoes. Translations of the Odes of Horace" by John Osborne Sargent. The book is finely bound in white with the lettering of the title in gold. Mr. Sargent was a graduate of Harvard in the class of 1830 and was at the time and has been ever since a very dear friend of Oliver Wendell Homes who has written a brief introduction for the book. The qualities of the author, as reflected in his book, cannot be better described than in Dr. Holmes' own words.
"Mr. Sargent was by no means homounius libri, a man of a single book, but few scholars have shown more devotion to a chosen author than he has manifested to his beloved Horace. That classic writer was always a favorite of the learned. The perfection of his style, the admirable truth and discrimination of his critical judgment, the charming companionable familiarity of his Odes, the thoroughly human feeling which pervades them, qualified by the sensitive fastidiousness inseparable from the highest cultivation, - fit him for the scholar's intimate and the student's guide. Few could appreciate these excellences so fully as Mr. Sargent. He assimilated all that was most characteristic and captivating in this delicious writer, whose fascination surpass that of poets of far loftier pretensions.
It is a privilege to be introduced to the great augustan lyrical poet and critic by one so thoroughly conversant with his author, and so deeply imbued with all the distinguishing qualities of this refined, genial, clear sighted, thorough-bred Roman gentleman."
"Horatian Echoes. Translations of the Odes of Horace" by John Osborne Sargent. Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Boston and New York.