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Or a defense of Milton's life :
BY IOHN TOLAND.
AND UARIOUS NOTES NOW ADDED.
VICTRIX CAUSA DIIS PLACVIT, sed VICTA CATONI.
LONDON PRINTED FOR IOHN DARBY MDCXCIX.
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To Thomas RAULINS of Kilreag in
T SEND you at length, my best friend,
what you have so often and earnestly fol1 licited me to write, the life of JOHN MILTON, a man eminent at home a famous abroad for his universal learning, fac gacity, and solid judgment : but particularly noted as well for those excellent volumes he wrote on the behalf of civil, religious, and domestic liberty; as for his divine and incomparable poems, which, equalling the most beautiful order and expression of any antient or modern compositions, are infinitely above them all for fublimity and invention. Observing in this performance the rules of a faithful historian, being neither provok'd by