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ries, either of the presbyterian and which diffused his reputation or independent persuasion : even all over Europe, is remembered by Richard Baxter, pastor of no more. Kidderminster, a judicious and ctor Birch observes of this voluminous advocate on the side prophetic hope in the text, that of the presbyterians, who vehe- « the universal admiration with mently censures and opposes
o which his works are read, jusseveral of his coadjutors in the " tifies what he himself
in cause of church-independency “ his Ode to Rouse." Life, p. he is passed over in profound Ixiii.. But this hope, as we have silence. For his brethren the seen, our author here restricts to independents he seems to have his political speculations, to his been too learned and unintel- works on civil and religious subligible. In 1652, Sir Robert jects, which are still in expectaFilmer, in a general attack on tion of a reversionary fame, and the recent antimonarchical writ, still await the partial suffrages of ers, bestows but a very short a sana posterilas, and a cordatior and slight refutation on his ælas. The flattering anticipation politics. It appears from the of more propitious times, and Censure of the Rota, a pamphlet more equitable judges, at soine published in 1660, said to be remote period, would have been fabricated by Harrington's club, justly applicable to his other that even his brother party- works; for in those, and those writers ridiculed the affectations only, it has been amply and conand absurdities of his style. spicuously verified. It is from [Oldys attributes this pamphlet the ultimi nepoles that justice has to Harrington, in his Catalogue been done to the genuine claims of the pamphlets in the Harleian of his poetical character. Nor Library.] Lord Monboddo is does any thing, indeed, more the only modern critic of note, strongly mark the improved criwho ranks Milton as a prose- tical discernment of the present writer with Hooker, Sprat, and age, than that it has atoned for Clarendon.
the contemptible taste, the blind. I have hitherto been speaking ness and the neglect, of the last, of Milton's Prose Works in Eng- in recovering and exalting the lish. I cannot allow, that his poetry of Milton to its due deLatin performances in prose are gree of cultivation and esteem: formed on any one chaste Roman and we may safely prognosticate, model. They consist of a mo- that the posterities are yet undern factitious mode of Latinity, born, which will bear testimony a compound of phraseology to the beauties of his calmer gleaned from a general imitation imagery, and the magnificence of various styles, commodious of his more sublime descriptions, enough for the author's purpose. to the dignity of his sentiments, His Defensio pro populo Angli- and the vigour of his language. cano against Salmasius, so libe- Undoubtedly the Paradise Lost rally rewarded by the presby- had always its readers, and perterian administration, the best haps more numerous and devoted apology that ever was offered admirers even at the infancy of for bringing kings to the block, its publication, than our biographers have commonly supposed. “in his opinion, too detestable Yet, in its silent progression, even “ to be read on the wall of a after it had been recommended “building dedicated to devoby the popular papers of Addi- « tion." Yet when more enlarged son, and had acquired the dis- principles had taken place, and tinction of an English classic, his bust was erected where once many years elapsed before any his name had been deemed a symptoms appeared, that it had profanation, Doctor George, Proinfluenced the national taste, or vost of King's College, Camthat it had wrought a change in bridge, who was solicited for an our versification, and our modes epitaph on the occasion, forbear. of poetical thinking. The re- ing to draw his topics of reconmark might be still farther ex- ciliation from a better source, tended, and more forcibly di- thought it expedient to apologize rected and brought home, to the for the reception of the monupieces which compose the pre- ment of Milton the republican sent volume.
into that venerable repository of Among other proofs of our kings and prelates, in the follow. reverence for Milton, we have ing hexameters; which recal our seen a monument given to his attention to the text, and on acmemory in Westminster Abbey count of their spirited simplicity, But this splendid memorial did and nervous elegance, deserve to pot appear, till we had over- be brought forward, and to be looked the author of Reforination more universally circulated. in England, and the Defensio : in other words, till our rising re:
Augusti regum cineres, sanctæque
fa villæ gard for Milton the poet had
Heroum, vosque 0, venerandi notaught us to forget Milton the minis, umbræ ! politician. Not long before, Parcite, quod vestris, infensum regiabout the year 1710, when At
bus olim, terbury's inscription for the mo
Sedibus infertur nomen; liceatque nument of Johin Philips, in which
Puneribus finire odia, et mors obruat he was said to be soli Miltono se
iras. cundus, was shewn to Doctor Nunc sub fæderibus coeant felicibus, Sprat then Dean of Westminster, he refused it admittance into the
Libertas, et jus sacri inviolabile scechurch; the name of Milton as
Rege sub Augusto fas sit laudare Doctor Johnson observes, who Catonem. first relates this anecdote, “being
OF THE LESS COMMON WORDS OCCASIONALLY EXPLAINED AND
ILLUSTRATED IN THE NOTES.
P. R. stands for Paradise Regained, S. A. Samson Agonistes, P.. Poems, and S. Sonnets.
The numerals i. ij. &c. denote the books, poems, or sonnets; the figures 1, 2, &c.
ABADDON, P. R. iv. 624.
Cataphracts, S. A. 1619.
Besprent, P. xvi. 542.
Dappled, P. xiii. 44.
Defends, P. R. ii. 370.
Diapason, P: vii. 23.
Diffus'd, S. A. 118.
Dight, P. xiii. 62. xiv. 159.
Diminution, S. A. 303.
Dingle, P. xvi. 312.
Dole, S. A, 1529.
Duel, P: R. i. 174.
Favonius, S. xx. 6.
Lars, P. ii. 191.
Leas, P. xvi. 965.
Lemures, P. iii. 191.
Magnetic, P. R. ii. 168.
Massy proof, P. xiv. 158.
Medicinal, S. A. 627.
Meed, P. xvii. 14, 84.
Melesigenes, P. R. iv. 259.
Mincing, P. xvi. 964.
Mummers, S. A. 1325.
Myrrhine, P. R. iv. 119.
Vacant, S. A. 89.
Sadly, P. xyi. 509.
73. xvi. 893, 1003.
Wassailers, P. xvi. 179.
Ycleap'd, P. xiii. 12.