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J. E. Spingarn
Columbia University, New York
At the Clarendon Press
HENRY FROWDE, M.A. PUBLISHER TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
NEW YORK AND TORONTO
DEC 07 1979
PRINTED IN ENGLAND.
Since you have done me the honour to allow this
Poem a daily examination as it was writing, I will presume, now it hath attain'd more length, to give you a 5 longer trouble, that you may yeild me as great advantages
by censuring the Method as by judging the Numbers and the matter. And because you shall pass through this new Building with more ease to your disquisition, I will acquaint you what care I took of my materials ere I began to work.
But first give me leave (remembring with what difficulty the world can shew any Heroick Poem that in a perfect glass of Nature gives us a familiar and easie view of our selves) to take notice of those quarrels which the Living
have with the Dead; and I will (according as all times 15 have apply'd their reverence) begin with Homer, who
though he seems to me standing upon the Poets famous hill, like the eminent Sea-mark by which they have in former ages steer'd, and though he ought not to be
removed from that eminence, least Posterity should 20 presumptously mistake their course, yet some (sharply
observing how his successors have proceeded no farther