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i every greatly amiable muje
Of elder ages in thy Milton met;
His was the treasure of two thousand years,
Seldom indulged to man; a god-like mind,
Unlimited, and various, as his theme;
Astonisoing as Chaos; as the bloom
of blowing Eden fair i Joft as the talk
Of our grand Parents, and as Heaven sublime.

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ACCORDING TO THE AUTA OR'S LAST

EDITION IN THE YEAR 1674.

DU B-L I N:

Prioted for W. and W. Smith, P. Wilson, and

T. EWING
MDCC LXVII.

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THE VERS E.

IM HE measure is English heroic verle

I without rime, as that of Homer in : Greek, and Virgil in Latin; rime being

no necessary adjunct or true ornament of poem or good verse, in longer works elpe. cially, but the invention of a barbarous age, to set off wretched matter and lame meter; grac'd indeed since by the use of some famous modern poets, carried away by cuftom, but much to their own vexation, hindrance, and constraint to express many things otherwise, and for the most part worse than else they would have exprest them. Not without cause therefore some both Italian and Spanish poets of prime note have rejected rime both in longer and shorter works, as have also long since our best English tragedies, as a thing of itself, to all judicious ears, trivial and of no true musical delight; which consists only in apt numbers, fit quantity of fyllables, and the sense variously drawn out from one verse into

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