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A POEM IN TWELVE BOOKS.

THE AUTHOR

JOHN MILTON.

FROM

THE TEXT OF DR. NEWTON.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

Cedite Romani fcriptores, cedite Graii! Propert.

VOL. I.

EDINBURG:

AT THE Apollo Peels, BY THE MARTINS,
Anno 1776.

A POEM IN TWELVE BOOKS.

THE AUTHOR

JOHN MILTON.

FROM

THE TEXT OF DR. NEWTON.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

Cedite Romani fcriptores, cedite Graii! Propert.

VOL. I.

EDINBURG:

AT THE Apollo Peels, BY THE MARTINS,
Anno 1776,

TO NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

ASTOR, LENOX ANT TILDEN FOUNDATICKE

JOHN MILTON.

FROM ROM a family and town of his name in Oxfordshire our Author derived his descent; but he was born at London in the year 1608. The publisher* of his works in profe (on whose veracity some part of this Narrative must entirely depend) dates his birth two years earlier than this; but, contradicting himself afterwards in his own computation, I reduce it to the time that Monfieur Bayle had affigned, and for the same reason which prevailed with him to assign it. His father, John Milton, by profeffion a scrivener, lived in a reputable manner, on a competent estate entirely his own acquisition; having been early disinherited by his parents for renouncing the communion of the Church of Rome, to which they were zealously devoted. By his wife, Sarah Cafton, he had likewise one daughter, named Anna, and another son, Chriftopher, whom he trained to the practice of the Common law; who in the Great Rebellion adhered to the Royal caufe; and in the reign of King James II. by too eafy a compliance with the doctrines of the Court, both religious and civil, he attained to the dignity of being made a judge of the Common Pleas ; of which he died divested not long after theRevolution,

* Mr. Toland.

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