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STATE of INNOCENCE:

Thom UL. AND Price 1750
FALL of MAN.

Defcribed in

MILTON'S PARADISE LOST:

Render'd into PROSE.

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With Historical, Philofophical and Explanatory

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L O N D ON:
Printed for T. OSBORNE, in Gray's-Inn, and

J. HILDYARD, at York.

MDCCXLV.

Dir. Pusering 11.7-47

40349

PRE FACE.

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O Poem bis bad greater, or juster Praise from the most eminent Judges of Literature, than PARADISE Lost, as well. far the Sublimity of the Subje&t and Sentiments,

as the profound and extensive Learning it is enrich'd with. It comprehends almost every Thing within the Extent of human Knowledge; but being wrote in the bigbest Stile of heroick Poetry, and the Thoughts, many of trem express’d by Figures of Grammar and Rhetoric, being full of Digressions and Sentences transposed, as well as difficult Terms in the Mathematicks, History, Astronomy, Astrology, Geography, Architecture, Navigation, Anatomy, Alchymy, Divinity, and all other human Arts and Sciences, it haih fo bappened, that many Readers have been unable to see the Beauties of the Poem, for Want of being able to come at the proper Explication of those Things, which have been out of their Reach; and this must happen to a great many; for how few are there who have had Leisure cm Opportunity to be Master of all the Sciences > besides wbich it is necessary they should understand the Hebrew, Chaldee, Arabic, Syriac, Phoenician, and Egyptian, and all the dead Languages, with the living and modern ones, in all their different DialeEts: So that it bas been a frequent Complaint of the Readers of MILTON, that be bas not calculated bis Poem for common Eyes; who passing by the most inftruktive Passages, or else ancertainly guessing at their Meaning and Reading altogether doubtfully, lose the Pleasure and Benefit which might arise from the thorough Understanding of the improving Lesture, and the moral and philosophical Instructions

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