He who translates a verse literally is a liar,
and he who paraphrases is a blasphemer!
He also cites Cicero's words, when attempting to translate Plato from Greek to Latin:
It is hard to preserve in a translation the charm of expressions which in another language are most felicitous...
If I render word for word, the result will sound uncouth, and if compelled by necessity I alter anything in the order or wording, I shall seem to have departed from the function of a translator.