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SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.
A NEW EDITION,
IN TWELVE VOLUMES.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
AN ESSAY ON HIS LIFE AND GENIUS,
BY ARTHUR MURPHY, ESQ.
CONTAINING ESSAYS, TRACTS, AND JOURNEY.
PRINTED FOR G. WALKER, J. AKERMAN, E. EDWARDS, J. HARWOOD, W. ROBINSON,
AND SONS, LIVERPOOL ; E. THOMSON, MANCHESTER ; J. NOBLE, HULL;
J. Haddon, Printer, Tabernacle Walk.
THE EIGHTH VOLUME.
AN ESSAY ON MILTON'S
USE AND IMITATION OF THE MODERNS IN HIS
FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE YEAR 1750.
It is now 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 error of their first neglect, by lavish praises and boundless veneration. There seems to have arisen a contest among men of genius and literature, who should most advance its honour, or best distinguish its beauties. Some have revised
*“ 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 public. By John Douglas, M.A. Rector of Eaton Constantine, Salop," 8vo. 1751, p. 77. VOL. VIII.