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It was one of the maxims of the Spartans, not to press upon a flying army, and therefore their enemies were always ready to quit the field, because they knew the danger was only in opposing. The civility with which you have thought proper to treat me, when you had incontestable superiority, has inclined me to make your victory complete, without any further struggle, and not only publickly to acknowledge the truth of the charge which you have hitherto advanced, but to confess, without the least dissimulation, subterfuge,or concealment, every other interpolation I have made in those authors, which you have not yet had opportunity to examine.

On the sincerity and punctuality of this confession, I am willing to depend for all the future regard of mankind, and cannot but indulge some hopes, that they whom my offence has alienated from me, may by this instance of ingenuity and repentance, be propitiated and reconciled. Whatever be the event, I shall at least have done all that can be done in reparation of my former injuries to Milton, to truth, and to mankind, and entreat that those who shall continue implacable, will examine their own hearts, · whether they have not committed equal crimes with'out equal proofs of sorrow, or equal acts of atonement *.

* The interpolations are distinguished by Italick characters.

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PASSAGES interpolated in MASENIUS.

The word pandemonium in the marginal notes of Book I. Essay, page 1o.

CITATION VI. Essay, page 38. Adnuit ipsa dolo, malumque (heu! longa dolendi Materies ! & triste nefas !) vesana momordit Tanti ignara mali. Mora nulla, solutus Ayernus Exspuit infandas acies; fractumque remugit Divulsa compage solum. Nabathæa receptum Regna dedere sonum, Pharioque in littore Nereus Territus erubuit: simul adgemuere dolentes Hesperiæ valles, Libyæque calentis arenæ Exarsere procul. Stupefacta Lycaonis ursa Constitit, & pavido riguit glacialis in axe: Omnis cardinibus submotus inhorruit orbis; Angeli hoc efficiunt, cælestia jussa secuti.

Citation VII. Essay, page 41. Illa quidem fugiens, sparsis per terga capillis, Ora rigat lacrimis, & cælum questibus implet: Talia voce rogans. Magni Deus arbiter orbis ! Qui rerum momenta tenes, solusque futuri Præscius, elapsique memor: quem terra potentem Imperio, cælique tremunt; quem dite superbus Horrescit Phlegethon, pavidoque furore veretur: En! Styge crudeli premimur. Laxantur hiatus Tartarei, dirusque solo dominatur Avernus, Infernique canes populantur cuncta creata, Et manes violant superos: discrimina rerum

Sustulit Sustulit Antitheus, divumque oppressit honorem. Respice Sarcotheam: nimis, heu! decepta momordit Infaustas epulas, nosque omnes prodidit hosti.

CITATION VIII. Essay, page 42, the whole passage.

Quadrupedi pugnat quadrupes, volucrique volucris ;
Et piscis cum pisce ferox hostilibus armis
Pralia sæva gerit: jam pristina pabula spernunt,
Jam tondere piget viridantes gramine campos :
Alterum & allerius vivunt animalia letho :
Prisca nec in gentem humanam reverentia durat;
Sed fugiunt, vel si steterant fera bella minuntur
Fronte truci, torvosque oculos jaculantur in iliam.

CITATION IX. Essay, page 43. Vatibus antiquis numerantur lumine cassis, Tiresias, Phineus, Thamyrisque, & magnus Homerus.

The above passage stands thus in Masenius, in one line:

Tiresias cæcus, Thamyrisque, & Daphnis, Homerus.

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N. B. The verse now cited is in Masenius's Poems, but not in the Sarcotis.

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Citation X. Essay, page 46.
In medio, turmas inter provectus ovantes
Cernitur Antitheus, reliquis hic altior unus
Eminet, & circum vulgus despectat inane:
Frons nebulis obscura latet, torvumque furorem
Dissimulat, fidæ tectus velamine noctis:

Persimilis

Persimilis turri præcelse, aut montibus altis
Antiquæ cedro, nudatæ frondis honore.

Passages interpolated in Grotius.

Citation I. Essay, page 55.
Sacri tonantis hostis, exsul patriæ
Cælestis adsum; tartari tristem specum
Fagiens, & atram noctis æternæ plagam.
Hac spe, quod unum maximum fugio malum,
Superos videbo. Fallor? an certè meo
Concussa tellus tota trepidat pondere?
Quid dico? Tellus ? Orcus & pedibus tremit.

CITATION II. Essay, page 58, the whole passage.

Nam, me judice,
Regnare dignum est ambitu, etsi in Tartaro :
Alto præcesse Tartaro siquidem juvat,
Cælis quam in ipsis servi obire munia.

Citation IV. Essay, page 61, the whole passage.
Innominata queque nominibus suis,
Libet vocare propriis vocabulis.

Citation V. Essay, page 63.
Terrestris orbis rector! & princeps freti !
Cæli solique soboles ; ætherium genus !
Adame! dextram liceat amplecti tuam !

Citation VI. Essay, ibid. Quod illud animal, tramite obliquo means, Ad me volutum flexili serpit viâ ?

Sibila retorquet ora setosum caput
Trifidamque linguam vibrat: oculi ardent duo,
Carbunculorum luce certantes rubrå.

CITATION VII. Essay, page 65, the whole passage.

- Nata deo! atque homine sata ! Regina mundi ! eademque interitus inscia ! Cunctis colenda!

CITATION VIII. Essay, page 66, the whole passage.
Rationis etenim omnino paritas exigit,
Ego bruta quando bestia evasi loquens;
Ex homine, qualis ante, te fieri Deam.

CITATION IX. Essay, ibid.

Per sancta thalami sacra, per jus nominis
Quodcumque nostri: sive me natam vocas,
Ex te creatam; sive communi patre
Ortam, sororem; sive potius conjugem:
Cassam, oro, dulci luminis jubare tui
Ne me relinquas: nunc tuo auxilio est opus.
Cum versa sors est. Unicum lapsæ mihi
Firmamen, unam spem gravi adflictæ malo,
Te mihi reserva, dum licet: mortalium
Ne tota soboles pereat unius nece:
Tibi nam relicta, qud petam ? aut ævum erigam?

Citation X. Essay, page 67, the whole passage.
Tu namque soli numini contrarius,
Minus es nocivus; ast ego nocentior,

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