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PARADISE

LOST.

i 'tviry greatly amiaile tnufe

Of iliir ages in thy Milton met;

His vias the treasure of tvuo thousand years,

Seldom indulged to man; a god-like mind,

Unlimited, and various, as his theme;

jijlonijbing as Chaos; as the hlotst

Of Hewing Eden fair j Just as the tali

Of ;ur 'grand Farms, and as Heaven fublipt.

THOMSON. LOST,

A

POEM

I N

TWELVE BOOKS.
THE AUTHOR

JOHN MILTON.

ACCORDING TO THE AOTHOU's LAST
EDITION, IN- THE YEAR 1674.

DUBLIN:

Printed for W. and W. Smith, P. Wilson, «6

T, Ewino,
M DCC LXV1I.

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THE VER S E.

THE measure is English heroic verse without rime, as that of Homer in. Greek, and Virgil in Latin j rime being no necessary adjunct or true ornament of poem or good verse, in longer works especially, 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 custom, 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 Spanifli 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, sit quantity of syllables, and the fense variously drawn out from one verse into

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