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THE

POETICAL WORKS

OF

JOHN MILTON.

EDITED BY

SIR EGERTON BRYDGES, BART.

Is not each great, each amiable Muse

Of classic ages in our MILTON met?

A genius universal as his theme;
Astonishing as Chaos; as the bloom

Of blowing Eden fair; as Heaven sublime!-THOMSON.

ILLUSTRATED WITH ENGRAVINGS FROM DRAWINGS BY J. M. W. TURNER, R. A.

A New Edition.

LONDON: WILLIAM TEGG.

MDCCCLXII.

increasing circulation,-of many distinguished friends, whose expressions of approbation, and still more substantial aid, he regrets he is not permitted to acknowledge more openly.

He takes, however, this opportunity of expressing his general obligations to his reviewers, as well as to those whose private applause is equally gratifying. To the venerable and highly-endowed Editor, Sir Egerton Brydges, for his unwearied labour, research, and assiduity—to the Laureate, but for whose kindly encouragement and countenance, it is probable the issue would not have been contemplated-to the classical taste and research of Mr. James Boaden, by whom the text has been diligently collated and revised from every existing edition, and whose critical sagacity has enabled him to detect many glaring errors in the established readings-to Mr. Allan Cunningham, for his pleasant traditionary notes on "Comus"-to Mr. Turner, whose imaginative genius has never been more brilliantly displayed than in his illustrations of Milton-to the Engravers, whose innate conception of the beauties of this great painter has long stamped them as the first artists in the kingdom-to Mr. Valpy, from whose well-known classic press the work has proceeded, and from whose personal attention it has so largely benefited-to each and all the publisher can but offer his gratitude: any encomium from him would be idle impertinence.

With these advantages; enriched by all that scholarship, art, beauty of materials, and elegance of exterior can bestow; this (it may without presumption be named) FIRST COMPLETE AND PERFECT EDITION OF THE POETICAL WORKS OF MILTON is ushered to public approbation and patronage.

3, SAINT JAMES'S SQUARE, November, 1835.

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