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VERSE 20. Unbar the gates of Light.] Milton, V. E. R. SE 25. Millions and millions—Thick as the Stars, &c.]
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gives a very odd Encomium to this Pope, at the same time that he mentions one of the strangest effects of this excess of zeal in him. Dočfor soft. ille Gregorius, qui meleo predicationis imbre totam riavit & inebriavit eccleftām, non modo Mathesin just ab auta; sed, ut #raditur a majoribus, incendio dedit probate leótionis scripta, Palatinue queconque tenebat Apollo... And in another place: Fertur bea’us GregoPius bibliothecam combuffs: gentilem, quo divina pagine gratior set loco, & major authoritas, & diligentia jtudiosor., Desiderius Archbishop of Vienna was sharply reproved by him for teaching Grammar and Literature, and explaining the Poets; Because (says this Pope) in uno fe ore cum jovis laudibus, Christi laudes non capiunf: Et quam grave ne: fandom?ue sit, Episcopis canere quod net Larco religios convoniat, ips: considerā. He is said, among the rest, to have i...of Livy; 9nia in soPerstitionibus & sacris Romanorum perpetuo versatur. The same Pope is accused by Vossius and others of having caus’d the noble monuments of the old Roman magnificence to be destroyed, left those who came to Rome shou'd give more attention to Triumphal Arches, &c. than to Holy Things. BAYLE, Dić. VERSE ior. "Till Peter's Keys fame chriften’d Jove adorn, &c..] Af. ter the Government of Rome devolved to the Popes, their zeal was for some time exerted in demolishing the Heathen Temples and Statues, so that the Goths scarce destroyed more Monuments of Antiquity out of Rage, than these out of Devotion. At length they spar'd some of the Temples by converting them to Churches, and some of the Statues, by modifying them into images of Saints. In much later times, it was thought necessary to change the Statues of Apollo and Pallas on the Tomb of Sannazarius, into David and judith, the Lyre easily became a Harp, and the Gorgon's Head turn'd to that of Holzforuti.