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IN RITSON'S: METRICAL ROMANCES.

VOL. I. Page ix, for line 7, substitute “ as firmly believed as the Jewish or Christian religion, the books of Moses, or the new testament."

Page xlvi, for line 22, substitute “like Moses, the Jew prophet, relate his own death."

Page lx, for line 6, substitute “in consequence of becoming Christians.”

Page lxv, for note, substitute “The loss sustained by the vulgar of their Saxon version would have been effectually remedied by their French one, and peradventure, it would have been just as well for the Saxons if they had never had a bible to read."

Page cxlviii, for line 1, substitute “but he, whether wisely or not, abandoned one series of lies for another."

VOL. III. Page 238, after line 20, read “ They are foolish, no doubt, and unmeaning, but it is the extreme of bigotry and idiotism to consider them as wicked or punish them as criminal."

Page 247, for line 1, substitute “Merlin, a powerful magician, and a more clearsighted and veracious prophet than the Jew Isaiah."

Page 247, for line 7, substitute " where part of it by the favour of Almighty providence is still standing."

Page 247, for line 11, substitute (Igerna being like the Bathsheba of the old testament rendered

Page 248, after line 15, read, “are fulfilling every day, like those of the old clothesmen of Judæa, or the still more Merlinical rhapsodist of The revelation of the New Jerusalem.

| Page 321, for line 28, read “That the christians of former ages, a most ignorant, bigoted and superstitious sect, appear to have entertained."

Page 349, from line 5, substitute “This .was Jesus Christ, who, in the interval between his crucifixion and his ascension, made an inroad into the infernal regions and plundered them of all the damned souls he thought worth carrying off. This miraculous event, though unnoticed by the four evangelists, is nevertheless circumstantially related in The Gospel of Nicodemus ; and in honest Tom Hearne's appendix to his edition of John Fordun, the Scotchman's lying chronicle, is the engraving of an ancient picturesque representation thereof, in which Christ (not Saint Patrick, as is falsely pretended by doctor Johnson) in so desperate an adventure, armed with his invincible cross, is opposed at the very mouth of hell fire, by a devil blowing a horn and exclaiming in a manner truly diabolical, “ Out out arongst.” (Refer to page 1402-3; and, for what Johnson has said, to Stevens's Shakspeare 1793, vii, 342.) It seems alluded to in the first epistle of Peter iii, 18, 19: “ For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the spirit; by which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison," and in the apostles' creed, it is expressly said “ He descended into hell."

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