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miscellany of several volumes, entitled State Poems, printed in 1703. The Epitaph is not ascribed to any author in my book; but Milton is named, in the preface, as a contributor to the collection, and I find in the volume no other work that can be imputed to him.”

Julii Mazirini Cardinalis Epitaphium, authore

John Milton.
Hic jacet Julius Mazirinus,

Galliæ Rex Italus
Ecclesiæ Præsul Laicus,

Europæ prædo purpuratus,
Fortunam omnem ambiit, omnem corrupit;

Ærarium administravit, et exhausit;
Civile bellum compressit, sed commovit;

Regni jura tuitus est, et invasit;

Beneficia possedit, et vendidit;
Pacem dedit aliquando, sed distulit, ?
Hostes cladibus, cives oneribus afflixit;
Arrisit paucis, irrisit plurimos,

Omnibus nocuit.
Negotiator in templo, Tyrannus in Regno,

Prædo in Ministerio,

Vulpes in Consilio,

Grassator in Bello,

Solus nobis in pace hostis.
Fortunam olim adversam, aut elusit aut vicit;

Et nostro seculo vidimus

Adorari fugitivum,
Imperare civibus exulem,

Regnare proscriptum.
Quid deinde egerit, rogas ? Paucis accipe.

Lusit, fefellit, rapuit:
Ferreum nobis seculum induxit, sibi ex auro nostro 3

Aureum fecit. 4
Quorundam capiti, nullius fortunis pepercit, 5

Homo crudeliter clemens;
Pluribus tandem morbis elanguit,

Plures ei mortes coelo irrogante, 6
Cui Senatus olim unam decreverat: "
Vincenni se arcibus inclusit moriturus; 8

Id quidem apte 9

Quæ sivit carcerem; Diu lædentem animam retinuit, ægre reddidit, le

Sic retinere omnia didicerat,

Nil suâ sponte reddere.
Constanter tamen visurus est mori, quid mirum? 11
.: Ut vixit sic obiit dissimulans,
Ne morbum quidem novere qui curabant ;
Hac unâ fraude nobis profuit;

Fefellit Medicos;
Mortuus est tamen, ni fallimur; moriens
Regem regno, Regnum Regi restituit;

Reliquit
Præsulibus pessima exampla,

Aulicis infida consilia,
Adoptivo amplissima spolia, 13

Paupertatem Populis ;
Successoribus suis omnes prædandi artes,

Sed prædam nullam.
Immensås tamen opes licet profuderit,
Id unum habuit ex suo quod daret,

Nomen suum.
Pectus ejus post mortem apertum est ;
Tunc primum patuit vafrum cor

Mazirini,
Quod nec precibus, nec lacrymis, nec injuriis move-

retur,
Diu quæsivimus, invenere medici

Cor Lapideum.
Quod mortuus ad huc omnia moveat, et administret

ne mireris,
Stipendia in hunc annum recepit,
Nec fraudat post mortem bona fidei: 13

Quo tandem evaserit forsitan, rogas;
Cælum (si rapitur) tenet, si datur meritis, longe abest.

Sed abi, Viator et cave ;

Nam hic tumulus
Est Specus Latronis.

- Readings in another Copy. Galliæ Rex Italicus. * Pacem dedit aliquando, diu distulit.

3 Ferreum nobis induxit, sæculam sibi * Ex auro nostro aureum fecit. 5 Quorundam Capitibus, nullins fortunis pepercit. 6 Plures ei a Cælo mortes erogatæ, ? Cui Senatus olim unam tantum decreverat. * Vicentinis se arcibus inelusit moriturus. . . Et quidem apte. 20 Diu cedentem animam retinuit, ægre reddidit, 11 Constanter tamen visus est mori, quid mirum? 12 Adoptiva amplissima spolia. 13 Nec fraudat post mortem vir bonus fidei.

Extract of a letter from Cowper.

March 19, 1793. “ Thanks for Mazarine's Epitaph: It is full of witty Paradox, and is written with a force and severity which sufficiently bespeak the author. I account it an inestimable curiosity, and shall be happy, when time shall serve, with your aid to make a good translation of it-But that will be a stubborn business Adieu,

VOLUME I.
Introductory Letter to the Rev. Dr. Johnson, the
kinsman of Cowper. Dedication, first printed in 1796.
The Life of Milton, and Conjectures on the Origin of
Paradise Lost, by William Hayley

VOLUME II.
Paradise Lost, and the Fragment of a Commentary
upon it by William Cowper.

VOLUME III.
A Translation of Andreini's Adamo by Cowper and
his Friend of Sussex. Remarks on different editions of
that Italian drama. Analysis of the drama, entitled
La Scena Tragica d'Adamo ed Eva da Troilo Lancetta.
Select Passages from a brief Italian Epic Poem, entitled
Adamo, and printed before Milton visited Italy. An
extract from the Italian Dialogues of Manso, relating
to Adam and Eve. Milton's Plans of Tragedy on Adam.
Cowper's Translations from Latin and Italian com-
positions of Milton, with the Originals, and a few
Notes, relating to them.

VOLUME IV.
Paradise Regained. · Samson Agonistes. Comus, and
Poems of Milton. Appendix,-Number J. An Account
of Cowper's writings, relating to Milton.-Number II.
A Latin Epitaph ascribed to Milion with Cowper's
opinion of it.

FINIS.

Chichester: Printed by W. Mason,

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