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iibi: To the Right Honourable! John Lord Sommerss Baron of Evessam.

My LORD,

T was Your Lordship's Opinion and Encouragement that occasion'd the first Ap

pearing of this Poem in the Folio Edition, which from thence has been so well the Price of it was Four times greater than before, the Sale encreas'd double the Number every Year. The Work is now generally known and esteem'd; and I having the Honour to hear Your Lordship fay, that a fmaller Edition of it would be grateful to the World, immediately resolv'd upon Printing it in this Volume, of which I moft humbly beg Your Acceptance, from,

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Paradisum Amiffam

Summi Poetæ

JOHANNIS MILTONI.
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Vi legis Amiram Paradifum, grandia magri

Carmina Miltoni, quid nila conta leges ?
Res cun&as, & cunétarum primordia resum,

Et fata, do fines.caatinet.ifte liber,
Intima panduntur magni penetralia mundi,

Scribifur, & soto quicquid in Orbe latet.
Terraque, tractusque maris, cælumque profundum

Sulphureumque Erebi, flammivomumque Specus.
2waque colunt terras, Poniumque do Tartara caca,

Quaque colunt fummi lucida regna Poli.
Et quodcunque ullis conclusum eft finibus usquam,

Et fine fine Chaos, a fine fine Deus:
Et fine fine magis, fi quid magis est fine fine,

In Chrifto erga homines conciliarus umor.
Heo qui speraret quis crederet effe futurum?

Et tamen hæc bodie terra Britanna legit.
O quantos in bella Duçes! qua, protulit,urma!

Quo canit, & quanta puglia dira tuba.
Cæleftes acies atque in certamine Calum?

Et qua Cæleftes pugna deceret agros.!
Quantus in atheriis tollit se Lucifer armis!

Atguo ipso graditur vix Michacle minör!

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Quantis, & quam funeftis concurritur iris

Dum ferus hic ftellas protegit, ille rapit!
Dum vulsos Montes ceu Tela reciproca torquent,

Et non mortali desuper igne pluunt :
Stat dubius cui se parli concedat Olympus,

Et metuit pugna non superesse sua.
At fimul in cælis Mefia insignia fulgenti

Et currus animes, armaque digna Deo,
Horrendumque rota strident, & sava rotarwen

Erumpunt torvis fulgura luminibus,
Et flamma vibrant, vera tonitrua rauco

Admiftis flammis in fonuere Polo :
Excidit attonitis mens omnis, & impetus omnis

Et callis dextris irrita Tela cadunt.
od pænas fugiunt, & ceu foret Orcus afylum

Infernis certant condere le tenebris. Cedite Romani Scriptores, cedite Graii

Et quos fama recens vel celebravit anus. Hæc quicunque leget tantum cecinisse putabit

Mæonidem ranas, Virgilium culices,

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