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AN ESSAY ON
MILTON'S USE AND IMITATION OF THE

MODERNS IN HIS PARADISE LOST.

[First published in the Year 1750.]

TT is now more than half a century since the I PARADISE Lost, having broke through the clouds with which the unpopularity of the author, for a time,

obscured it, has attracted the general admiration of ? mankind; who have endeavoured to compensate the

errour of their first neglect, by lavish praises and boundless veneration. There seems to have arisen a contest, among men of genius and literature, who

“* It is to be hoped, nay, it is expected, that the elegant and “ nervous writer, whose judicious sentiments, and inimitable style • points out the author of Lauder's Preface and Postscript, will no “ longer allow one to-plume himself with his feathers, who appears “ so little to have deserved his assistance; an assistance which I “ am persuaded would never have been communicated, had there « been the least suspicion of those facts which I have been the in“ strument of conveying to the world in these sheets."-- Milton vindicated from the charge of plagiarism brought against him by Mr. Lauder, and Lauder himself convicted of several forgeries and gross impositions on the publick. By John Douglas, M. A. Rector of Eaton Constantine, Salop. 8yo. 1751, p. 77, VOL. VIII,

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