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LIFE OF MIL TO N,
IN THREE PARTS.
TO WHICH ARE ADDED,
CONJECTURES ON THE ORIGIN OF PARADISE LOST:
WITH AN APPENDIX,
BY WILLIAM H A Y L E Y, ESQ.
Ολβιος, ός μέγα έργον εν αθανάτοισιν ανύσσας,
Hesiod. THEO GONIA, V. 9536
Magnarum virium est tractare sacra tam splendide, fimplicia tam erudite, inculta
tam polite, retrusa tam dilucide, a sensu communi abhorrentia tam populariter,
in the Strand.
M. DCC. XCVI.
L I F E OF MILTON,
BY WILLIAM HAYLEY, Esq.
THE SECOND EDITION, CONSIDERABLY ENLARGED.
Effigiem conor efficere, quæ hoc diuturnior erit, quo verior, melior, abfolutior fuerit.
Plin. Epist. Lib. 3. Ep. 10.
Rev. JOSEPH WARTO N, d. D. &c.
TN prefixing your name to this volume, I feel and con
fess the double influence of an affectionate and of an ambitious desire to honour you and myself. Our lost and lamented Friend Gibbon has told us, I think very truly, in dedicating a juvenile work to his Father, that there are but two kinds of Dedications, which can do honour either to the Patron or the Author—the first arising from literary esteem, the second from personal affection. If either of these two characteristics may be sufficient to give propriety to a Dedication, I have little to apprehend for the present, which has certainly the advantage of uniting the two.
The kind and friendly manner in which you commended the first edition of this Life might alone have induced me to infcribe a more ample copy of it to that li