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WOL. II.
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THE SEVENTH EDITION,
- EMBELLISHED with EIGHT Copperpi,ATEs, DESIGNED BY KIRK,
AND ENGRAVED BY MACKENziE. -
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Raro magni errores nisi ex magnisingeniis prodière.
PETRARCH.
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LONDON" :

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For VERNOR, HooD, AND sri ARPE ; cut HELL AND MARTIN ;
J. HARRIS ; J. WALKER ; LAckINGTON, ALLEN, AND Co.;
otRIDGE AND son ; LoNGMAN, HURST, REES, AND ORM E;
J. NUNN; R. LEA ; STCAtch ERD AND LETTERMAN ; J.
HARDING 5 W, MILLER; AND J. MURRAY.

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WE have seen, in the Life of Petrarch, that his sor-
rows seldom came single. His eyes were still wet with
tears for the death of Laura, when (the 3d of Jolly,
1348) he lost cardinal Colonna, the man who had been
so many years his friend and protector. Petrarch seems
to think he was destroyed by grief, brought on by the
disasters in his family. By some it was said he died of
the plague. He lost, in the space of five years, his mo-
ther and six of his brothers. Some time before the tra-
gical death of his brother Etienne, he had a conversa-
tion with Petrarch, in which he deplored the losses he
had sustained. “Your father predicted them,” said Pe-
trarch. The cardinal demanded an account of this pre-
diction. Petrarch was unwilling to comply with this re-
quest: but the cardinal insisted. Struck with what he
heard, ‘Alas!’ says he, “I fear my father will prove
too good a prophet.” This venerable old man was yet
alive, and had attained almost the age of an hundred
years. Petrarch wrote him a letter of condolence, as
follows:
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