George Chapman’s Iliad
Starts off with a bang:
Achilles’ banefull wrath resound, O Goddesse, that imposed
Infinite sorrowes on the Greekes, and many brave soules losd
From breasts Heroique–sent them farre, to that invisible cave
That no light comforts; and their lims to dogs and vultures gave.
To all which Jove’s will gave effect; from whom first strife begunne
Betwixt Atrides, king of men, and Thetis’ godlike Sonne.
I found a used copy for four dollars. I guess I can thank most of you for not reading poetry: if you did, it probably would have cost me more.
Update Jan. 4th, 2010: It is not available on Gutenberg, but there is a somewhat lame Google Books version online.