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1669, The same, without the address. 1672, The same, in twelve books. 1674, Paradise Lost, in twelve books,

2d edit. 8vo. 1675, The fame. 1678, The same. 1645, Poems, 12mo. 1673, Poems, with the Tractate on Edu

cation, written above twenty

years since, 8vo. 1671, Paradise Regained, and Samson

Agonistes, 8vo. 1680, The fame. 1750, The first book of Paradise Lost, ,

Glasgow, illustrated with notes and references to the antient Poets. It is to be lamented, that the whole poem had not been published in the same manner.

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say, or doe ought worth memory, and imitation, no purpose or respect should sooner move us, then simply the love of God, and of mankinde. Nevertheleffe to write now the reforming of Education, though it be one of the greatest and noblest defignes, that can be thought on, and for the want whereof this nation perishes, I had not yet at this time been induc't, but by your earnest entreaties, and serious conjurements; as

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having my minde for the present halfe diverted in the persuance of some other affertions, the knowledge and the use of which, cannot but be a great furtherance both to the enlargement of truth and honest living, with much more peace. Nor should the lawes of any private friendship have prevail'd with me to divide thus, or transpose my former thoughts, but that I see those aims, those actions which have won you with me the esteem of a person sent hither by some good providence from a farre country to be the occasion and the incitement of great good to this Iland. And, as I hear, you have obtaind the same repute with men of most approved wisdom, and some of highest authority

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hold in forreigne parts, and the extraordinary pains and diligence which you have us’d in this matter both heer, and beyond the Seas; either by the definite will of God so ruling, or the peculiar sway of nature, which also is God's working. Neither can I thinke that so reputed, and so valu'd as you are, you would to the forfeit of your own discerning ability, impose upon me an unfit and over ponderous argument, but that the satisfaction which you profeffe to have receiv'd from those incidentall discourses which we have wander'd into, hath prest and almost constrain’d you into a perswafion, that svhat you require from me in this point,

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