"A more adequate translation than that by Mr. Creech"
Manuscript of De rerum natura, 1483
Public DomainManuscript of De rerum natura, 1483 - Credit: Copied by Girolamo di Matteo de Tauris, for Pope Sixtus IV

Thomas Creech (1659–1700) was an English translator of classical works, and headmaster of Sherborne School. He translated De rerum natura, an epic poem by Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius (99BC-55BC), published in 1682 as On the Nature of Things. The translation was very popular, and was often reprinted. Henry Fielding, however, doesn't think much of his efforts, and offers his readers an extract from Creech’s translation of Lucretius with considerable regret.