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From the Introduction
to King Alfred's "Boethius"





Alfred the King was the translator of this book, and he turned it from book Latin into English. So it now is done. Sometimes he set word by word, sometimes meaning for meaning...and now he bids and for God’s name implores all those that would read this book, that they pray for him, and not blame him if they understand it better than he can, because each man shall by the measure of his understanding and by his opportunities speak that which he speaks, and do that which he does.