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296 ff.: Brit. Past. II 1, 825 ff.
410–11: Penseroso 75.
471–83: Mallet's Excursion (ed. 1728) p. 71.
490: Luke XXIV 32.
497-99: Georg. II 477–82. See Aut. A 1263 ff.
515—49: Allegro 91 – 133.

515—18: Allegro 100—05, Armstrong's Winter 105—26,

Tatler, Nov. 17, 1709.
519—27: Philips' Cider II 411—23.
523—24: Hor. Carm. Lib. II 12, 25—27.
530—35: Savage's Wanderer (ed. 1729) p. 66.

541 – 42: Shaksp. Troilus, Act III Sc. 3, 79—80. 563–65: Cider II 184-88. 582-88: Armstrong's Winter 12—18. 592: Savage's Wand. (ed. 1729) p. 6. 630- 35: Armstrong's Winter 75—79. See also above 11. 45–50. 650–87: Mallet's Excursion (ed. 1728) p. 28.

666–67: Armstrong's Winter 28, 29.
672–73: Ibid. 28, 29.

675–77: Par. Lost I 207–8. See Wi. A 340–41. 688—700: Georg. III 356—83.

E (1744)

119–20: Georg. I 454. 125: Ibid. 433. 128–29: Ibid. 365-67. 131: Ibid. 369. 132—33: Ibid. 375 – 76. See Wi. A 238f., Su. A 752 f., Spring A 188f. 134—37: Georg. I 390–92. 139-42: Ibid. 381-82. 143—44: Ibid. 403, Mallet's Excursion (ed. 1728) p. 23. 144-45: Georg. I 361–62. 148–49: Ibid. 356–57. 158: Æn. I 89. 175: Armstrong's Winter 182–83. 479–89: Pope's Temple of Fame 174–75. 662: Hor. Carm. Lib. I 1, 2. 816—26: Georg. III 369–75. 834–42: Par. Lost I 351-55. 867–73: Par. Lost X 678–85. 877—80: Hor. Ep. II 36—44. See Wi. C 285 ff.

894—901: Æn. I 52–57, Savage's Wanderer (ed. 1729) p. 4, 5. 902: Mallet's Excursion (ed. 1728) p. 28. 950–87: Aaron Hill's Northern Star, publ. 1718. See also Aut.

A 43 ff.

A Hymn (A, 1730) Founded chiefly upon the 148th Psalm and upon Par. Lost

V 153—208.

40: Par. Lost V 197. 43 f.: Ibid. 192—93. 46, 47: Ibid. 193–94, Pope's Eloisa 155–56. 51 ff.: Par. Lost V 195 -96. 69—72: Ibid. 171–74. 84-86: Penseroso 56-58. 91 ff.: Ibid. 161 ff. 107 ff.: Hor. Carm. Lib. I 22, 17 ff.

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