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POEMS
OEMS of Mr. John Milton, Both ENGL18# and LA-

composed at several times. Printed by bis pies. The Songs were set in musick by Mr. HENRY LAWES,

gentleman of the King's Chappel, and one of his MAIESTIES “ private musick.

Baccare frontens
Cingite ne vati noceat mala lingua futuro,

Virgil, Eclog. 7. Priaied and publifaed according to order. London, Printed by Ruth “Raworth for Humphrey Moseley, and are to be fold at the signe u of the Princes Arms in Paul's Church yard. 1645." [N. B. Comus had been before seperately printed in 1637. And LYCIDAS, in 1638. See above, p. 1..120.] Then follows this address from the Stationer to the Reader, “ It is not any private respect of gain,

gentle reader, for the slightest pamphlet is now adayes more ven« dible then the works of learnedeft men; but it is the love I have s to our language that hath made me diligent to collect, and set “ forth such peeces both in prose and vers, as may renew the won“ted honour and esteem of our English tongue: and it's the worth “ of these both English and Latin Poems, not the flourish of any

prefixed encomions that can invite thee to buy them, though “ these are not without the highest commendations and applause of “ the learnedft Academicks, both domestick and forrein: And “ amongst those of our own countrey, the unparalleled attestation “ of that renowned provost of Eaton, Sir Henry WOOTTON. I “know not thy palat how it relishes such dainties, nor how harma“ nious thy soul is; perhaps more trivial airs may please thee bet

ter. But howsoever thy opinion is spent upon these, that encou

ragement I have already received from the most ingenious men « in their clear and courteous entertainment of Mr. Waller's late choice peeces,

hath once more made me adventure into the world, " presenting it with these ever-green, and not to be blasted Laurels. The Authors more peculiar excellency in these studies,

was too well known to conceal his papers, or to keep me from

attempting to sollicit them from him. Let the event guide it felf “ which way it will, I shall deserve of the age, by bringing into “ the light as true a birth, as the Muses have brought forth fince

our famous Spencer wrote ; whose poems in these English

a Moseley the general publisher of the poets of his day. Sir A. Cokaine has an Epigram to Moselcy, on his edition of B. and Fletcher, B. ii. 35.

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ones are as rarely imitated, as sweetly excelled. Reader, if “ thou art eagle-eied to censure their worth, I am not fearful to “ expose them to thy exacteft perufal. Thine to command ** Hume, Moseley." After the ENGLISH Poems there is a new title-page, “ Joannis Miltoni Londinensis POEMATA. “ Quorum pleraque intra annum ætatis vigefimum conscripfit. “ Nunc primum edita. Londini, Typis R. R. [Ruth Raworth] Prof“ tant ad Infignia Principis in Cæmeterio D. Pauli, apud Humphredum Modeley. 1645.” In duodecimo. The author's Efigies, with a Greek inscription, is prefixed, and the title In Efigiei Sculptorem.

· II. " Poems, &c. Upon several occasions. By John Mil" TON. Both English and LATIN, &c. Composed at several “ times. With a small Tra&tate of EDUCATION To Mr. Hart“ lib. London, Printed for Tho. Dring at the White Lion next “ Chancery Lane end, in Fleet-itreet. 1673." After the ENGLISH Poems there is a fecond title-page, Joannis Miltoni Londi. “ Renfis POEMATA. Quorum pleraque intra annum ætatis vige“ fimum confcripfit. Nunc primum edita. Londini. Excudebat W. R. Anno 1672.To the ENGLISH Poems in this edition were first added, 1. Ode on the death of a fair infant. 2. At a Vacation excercise in the college. 3. On the new forcers of conscience una der the long Parliament. 4. Horace to Pyrrha. 5. Nine SONNETS, 6. All the English Pfalms. To the LATIN POEMS, 1. Apologus de Ruftico et Hero. 2. Ad Joannem Rorfum, &c. In this edition, the Epistle from fir H. Wootton, which stands before Comus in the lait, is omitted. In duodecimo. Milton was now living. This, and the laft, are the only authentic editions.

III. For Tonfon, 1695. In folio. After PARADISE Lost, PARADISE REGAINED, and Samson AGONISTES, with the ti. tle, “ POEMS upon feveral occasions. Composed at several times.

By Mr. John Milton. The third edition. London, Printed “ for Jacob Tonfon, at the Judge's Head near the Inner Temple

gate, in Fleetstreet, 1655.” An exact repetition of the last. This is the first time that the greater and smaller poems were printed together. The whole is in one volume. With Hume's notes on PARADISE Lost. The smaller Poems, those, I mean, which compose this volume, make fixty pages. The Trattate to Hartlib is omitted. This is the only edition in folio that ever appeared, Tonson here retains the obsolete spelling of the preceding editions : which afterwards, in a succession of editions, was silently and gradually refined: I know not if always properly.

IV. For Tonson, 1705. In octavo. With cuts. After the greater Poems.

V. For Tonson, 1713. In octavo. Here are first added, from Philips and Toland, Sonnets, xv. xvi. xvii. xxii. and xxiii. With cuts, 1. Joannis Miltoni effigies, by Vandergucht, copied from edition 1645. (See above, p. 546.) 2. L'Allegro, or Mirth. 3. Il

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Penferoso, or Melancholy. 4. Shakespeare. 5. Hobfon the carrier. After the greater Poems, which have also cuts.

VI. For Tonson, 1720. In quarto. A Part of all Milton's poetical works, in two volumes. This publication was conducted by Tickell, who is said to have compiled the Index to PARADISE Lost, of principal matters. With Cuts, both to the greater

and smaller Poems. At the end is the Letter to Hartlib.

VII. For Tonson, 1725. In duodecimo. After the greater Poems. Under the care of Fenton; who prefixed to the PARADISE Lost, a new Life of Milton. He endeavoured to correct the punctuation. This edition was reprinted in 1730, if not before. It retains the Letter to Hartlib. Fenton's Milton is mentioned in Richardson's EXPLAN. N. published 1734, p. cxvi.

VIII. For Tonson and Draper, 1752. In one quarto volume, together with PARADISE REGAINED, and SAMSON AGONISTES, Under the care of Dr. Newton, with Notes. This volume is a sequel to the PARADISE Lost, with Notes, in two quarto volumes, published by the fame, in 1749. It was reprinted in two octavo volumes, 1753. Again, 1763. And afterwards. Here for the firt time, not only the PARADISE REGAINED, and SAMSON AGO. NISTES; but our Smaller Poems appear with Notes. The editor added

the Latin epigram to Christina. But he omits the Translated Fragments, and three Latin epigrams on More and Salmafius, all which were first collected in Tickell's edition.

IX. At Edinburgh, 1752. In octavo, with a Glossary. A Part of all Milton's Poetical works, in two volumes.

X. At Birmingham, by Baskerville, 1758. In large octavo. With the greater Poems. The whole is in two volumes, and professedly a copy of Newton's edition of all Milton's poetical works, without the Notes.

Perhaps I have overlooked one or two reimpreslions of very little confequence or authority,

a A head is prefixed from Richardson's collection, engraved by Vertue, unlike every other head of Milton. Aged 42. This is not repeated in the subsequent editons. See above, p. 546.

6 The plates, designed by Hayman, and engraved by Grignion, were given to the Editor by lord Bath,

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