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THE

WORKS

OF

Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

A NEW EDITION,

IN TWELVE VOLUMES.

WITH

AN ESSAY ON his LIFE AND GENIUS,

BY ARTHUR MURPHY, Esq.

VOLUME THE EIGHTH.

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P R E F A CE*

TO

AN ESSAY ON

MILTON'S USE AND IMITATION OF THE

MODERNS IN HIS PARADISE LOST.

[First published in the Year 1750.)

IT now

is more than half a century since the 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 instrument 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. Picctor of Eaton Constantine, Salop. 8vo. 1751, p. 77: Vol. VIII,

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