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In Paradifum Amiffam fummi Poeta, Johannis Miltoni*.
QUI legis Amiffam Paradifum, grandia magni
Carmina MILTONI, quid nifi cuncta legis? Res cunctas, et cunctarum primordia rerum, Et fata, et fines, continet ifte liber. Intima panduntur magni penetralia mundi, Scribitur et toto quicquid in orbe latet: Terraéque, tractúfque maris, colúmque profundum, Sulphureúmque Erebi, flammivomúmque fpecus: Quaéque colunt terras, pontúmque, et Tartara cæca, Quaéque colunt fummi lucida regna poli: Et quodcunque ullis conclufum eft finibus ufquam, Et fine fine Chaos, et fine fine Deus; Et fine fine magis, fi quid magis eft fine fine,
* This poem by Dr. Barrow, and the next by Milton's friend Andrew Marvell, have been ufually published in the editions of Paradife Loft, fince the edition of 1674, to which they are both prefixed. TonD.
Ver. 1. Amiffam Paradifum,] Dr. Barrow has here rendered Paradifum feminine. The tranflators of the first book of Paradife Loft, both in 1685 and 1702, thus alfo entitle the poem "Paradifus Amiffa." See alfo the fame title to other Latin tranflations in the Gentleman's Magazine, vol. xvi. pp. 549, 661. The Greek and Latin writers, however, make Paradife mafculine. TODD,
In Chrifto erga homines conciliatus amor.
Dum ferus hic ftellas protegit, ille rapit!
Stat dubius cui fe parti concedat Olympus,
Et metuit pugnæ non fupereffe fuæ.
Et currus animes, armáque digna Deo,
Excidit attonitis mens omnis, et impetus omnis,
Ver. 15. quis crederet effe futurum?] So I print it from the edition of 1674. Dr. Newton reads futura. Toland, who has printed this excellent copy of verfes in his Life of Milton, reads futurum. Tonfon's editions of 1705, and 1711, and Tickell's in 1720, read the fame! But Fenton's in 1725, and Tonfon's of 1727 and 1746, read futura; as many other editions alfo read. Mr. Capel Lofft, in his edition of the First Book of Paradife Loft, 1792, has reftored futurum; and ingeniously explains it: "Quis crederet (nempe) aliquem futurum qui hæc fe fando affequi poffe fperaret? TODD.
Infernis certant condere fe tenebris.
SAMUEL BARROW, M. Dt.
On Paradife Loft.
WHEN I beheld the Poet blind, yet bold,
Heaven, Hell, Earth, Chaos, all; the argument
+ Of Dr. Samuel Barrow, the author of thefe verfes, no account has been given by the editors of Milton. Toland only calls him a doctor of phyfick. Perhaps he was the phyfician to the army of General Monk. See Skinner's Life of General Monk, 1724, p. 166. "General Monk hastened to Berwick from Coldftream, Dec. 13. 1659, being attended with fome of his best Colonels, and Dr. Barrow the principal Physician, who about this time was made Judge Advocate of the army." See alfo Kennet's Register and Chronicle, 1728, pp. 34, 35, 133.
Of the poem I have feen two printed tranflations in English verfe; one, inferted in Mr. Bowle's interleaved Copy of Paradife Loft, apparently taken out of fome magazine or periodical publication; the other, much more diftinguishable for spirit and fidelity, in the Gentleman's Magazine of 1760, p. 291, to which no fignature is affixed. TODD.