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UPON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.

SONNETS,
PSALMS,

ELEGIES,
ODES,

&c. &c. ire.

THE AUTHOR

JOHN MILTON

FROM

THETEXTOF DR. KEIVTOTST.

- Baccare frontem

CingUe, He vati noccat mala lingua futuro. Virg. Eclog. 7.

VOL. IV.

ED INBURG:

AT THE ajOlIO Pjeft, BY THE MARTINS.

Anno 1776.

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THE STATIONER TO THE READER.

[Prefixed to the firft Edition of Milton's Poems, printed in 104$.]

IT is not any private refpeB of gain, gentle Reader, for thofiighteft pamphlet is now-a-days more vendible than . thi works of learnedeft men; but it is the love I have to our own language, that hath made me diligent to colleB andfet forth fitch pieces hoth in profe and verfe, as may renew the wonted honor and efteem of our EtigUJh tonguei and-it's the worth of thefe hoth Englijh and Latin poems, not the fiori/h of any prefixed encomiums, that can invite thee to buy them, though tbefe are not 'without the highefl commendations and appluufe of the learnedeft Academics, both dome flic and foreign; and amongft thofe of our own country, the unparallel'd atieftation of that renowned Provoft of Eton, Sir Henry Wotton. Iknow not thy palate how it relifbes fuch dainties, nor how harmonious thyfoulisf perhaps morctrivial airs may pleafe thee better. But howfoever thy opinion is fpent upon thefe, that encouragement I have already received from the moft ingenious men in their clear and courteous ent attainment ofM.r.Waller'slate choicepieces, hath once more made me adventure into the world, prefenting it with thefe ever-green, and not to be blafted laurels. The Author's more peculiar excellency in thefe flitches -was too -well htomn to conceal his papers, or ft keep me from attempting tofolicit them from him. Let the event guide itfelf-which -way it -will, JJhall deferve of the age, by bringing into the tight as true a birth as the Mufes have brought forth futce our famous Spenjkr -wrcte; -whtfe poems in thefe Englifi ones are as rarely imitated as facetly excell'd. Reader, if thou art eagleey'd to cenfure their -worth, 1 am not fearful to expofe them to thy exafleft perufal.

Thine to command,

Humph. Moseley,

I. Anno tttatis 17. On the death of a fair infant, dying of a cough.

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Vj Fairest flower! no fooner blown but blafted,
Soft filken primrofe fading timclcfty,
Summer's chief honor, if thou hadft out-lafted
Bleak Winter's force that made thy bloffom dry;
For he being amorous on that lovely dye '5

That did thy cheek envermeil, thought to kifs,
But kill'd, alas, and then bewail'd his fatal bill's.

II.
For fince grim Aquilo his charioteer
By boiftrous rape th'Athenian damfcl got,
He thought it touch'd his deity full near, I»

If likewife he fome fair one wedded not,
Thereby to wipe away th' infamous blot

Of long-uncoupled bed, and childlefs eld,
Which 'mongft the wanton gods a foul reproach was
III. [held.

So mounting up in icy-pearled Car, IJ

Through middle empire of the freezing arr
He wandcr'd long, till thee he fpy'd from far:
There ended was his queft, there ceas'd his care.
Down he defended from his fnow-foft chair,

But all unwares with his cold kind embrace JO Unhous'd thy virgin foul from her fair biding plase.

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