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ERUTA VISCERIBUS TERRÆ EST NOTITIA TANDBM
VERI, PARTE BREVIS VITÆ, UNIUSQUE LABORE ,
AT QUANTUM POTERIT MULTORUM VINCERE CURA.
O! UTINAM POSSIM NERVOSUM CONDERE CARMEN,
HÆCCE NOVA ALLICIENS STUDIOSUM INHIARE REPERTA LECTOREM, MERITÒ LAUDETUR UT INSULA JERNE.
Directions to the Binder.
P R E F A C E.
Χρόνος άδηλος. .
The beginning of nations, (fays our prince of poets, John Milton) those excepted of whom sacred books have spoken, is to this day unknown. Nor only the beginning, but the deeds also of many fucceeding ages ; yea, periods of ages, either wholly unknown, or obscured and blemished with fables. That any law or superstition of the Druids forbad the Britons to write their memorable deeds, I know not why any, out of Cæsar, should alledge. He indeed faith, that their doctrine they thought not lawful to commit to letters; but in most matters else, both in private and publick, among which well may history be reckoned, they used the Greek tongue. And that the British Druids, who taught those in Gaul, would be ignorant of any language known and used by their disciples, or so frequently writing other things, and so inquisitive into highest, Vol. IV. No. XIII.