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of the

Seventeenth Century

Vol. II

1650-1685

Edited by

J. E. Spingarn
Adjunct Professor of Comparative Literature

Columbia University, New York

Oxford

At the Clarendon Press

10467.45.(2)

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HENRY FROWDE, M.A. PUBLISHER TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

LONDON, EDINBURGH

NEW YORK AND TORONTO

HARVARD UNIVERS

LIBRARY

DEC 07 1979

078 *247

PRINTED IN ENGLAND.

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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

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