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OF THE

NATURE OF THINGS.

Translated into English Verse by

Thomas Creech, A. M. and
Fellow of Wadham College
in OXFORD.

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VOLUME II.
Containing the Fifth and Sixth Books.

Explain'd and Illustrated with Notes
and Animadversions.

Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere caufas,
Atque metus omnes, & inexorabile Fatum
Subjecit pedibus, ftrepitumqué Acherontis avari.

Virg.

LONDON:

Printed by John MATTHEWS, for GEORGE

SA WBRIDGE, at the Three Fleurs de Lys in
Little Britain. MDCCXIV.

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THE

PREFACE.

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AVING in the Preface to the first Volume given the Publick fo full and ample an Account of my Design, in publishing these Notes and Animadversions on this English Translation of Lucretius, as likewise of the Helps I made use of,

and of the Method I bave obferu’d, in this Undertaking, which I take to be the chief Bufixess of a Prefacer, I shall not long detain my Reader by way of Introduction to this second Volume, that contains only the two last Books of my Authour ; who, having in these two Books treated of a great Variety of noble Subječts, bas afforded me a just Occafion of swelling this Volume to almost an equal Number of Sheets with the former, ibo' compus ting the Number of Verses, it contain but little more than one Third of the whole Poem of Lucretius: The Length bowever, if I may judge of the Readers Satisfaction in the Perusal, by my own in the compiling, will not, I hope, seem tedious to him ; and I flatter my self, that I shall not weary and grow irksome to those, whom it bas been my primcipal Study and Defign at once to inftru&t and divert.

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