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mumpsimus, the evil is irremediable, and their perverse fancies must be indulged at the expence of principle and consistency. Mr. I'odd in this instance is not more blameable than the multitude of his brother-editors; and I only lament that he should be involved in their common error.

As an editor of our great poet, he is certainly entitled to praise from the public; and he seems also to be a most estimable, candid and amiable man. He is indeed, if such a thing can be, too good-natured and benevolent; and his eulogy is lavished with so indiscriminate a hand as to be depreciated considerably in its currency. By his sentence, almost every writer on his subject is excellent and admirable: in his

pages Hayley is animated and--interesting and acute. My share of attention from him, though not of a size to oppress me with obligation, is sufficiently ample; and fully adequate to my claims. On some occasions, the Editor and I do 'not seem to understand each other. With the opportunity of correcting my error if he had made me sensible of it, I have suffered the note, (p. 372,) on the Bishop' of Landaff's crimination of Milton, to remain, in all its words, syllables, and letters, as it

I See Todd's Life of Milton, 2d ed. p. 78, 79, 80.

was; and if it should not refute the worthy Prelate's 30th of January charge against my author, it will stand as the record of iny own confused apprehension.

With respect to Mr. Warton's insufficiency as a critic, my opinion is formed on too large an acquaintance with that gentleman's productions ever to be retracted. When I censure him for his attack upon Pope, it is not the substance but the manner of the annotator's remark which excites my reprehension. I require not to be told that Pope gleaned poetic expression from every page in which it was to be found: but I may be allowed to resent a charge brought against the great bard of Twickenham for pilfering from an old poct, because he thought he could pilfer without being exposed to detection. Pope borrowed poetic phraseology from

many

of our old poets: but he borrowed it from Dryden, who was in every person's hand, more largely than from all our old poets together. He was too affluent and powerful to pilfer or to be in dread of detection: but, like his master, Dryden, before him, he took by the right of genius whatever he could appropriate to his own purposes; and the seizure was made under the full eye of the sun. If, during the life

Id. p. 163.

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time of the dreaded satirist Mr. Warton had expressed himself in the language which I have reprehended, it is probable that he would have obtained a place among the divers in Fleet-ditch; and instead of the muse, in whose arms his admirers now fancy that he reposes, would have been a successful rival of Smedley's, and strained to the oozy bosom of a mud-nymph. Mr. Warton's treatment of others is unquestionably not such as to make him the subject of any peculiar lenity. Tickell and Elijah Fenton, each of them in talents and general respectability of character at least his equal, experience his severity on innumerable occasions, and are always certain, whenever they occur to him, of being felled by his unmerciful buffets. He frequently supplies, as I have acknowledged, very useful information: but in criticism he is uniformly unfortunate; and if every note of his, in which opinion and critical remark are hazarded, were to be erased from this variorum edition of Milton's poetry, the work would be improved by the circumstance. But with Mr. Todd and his literary community, the late Laureat is one of Apollo's assessors on the forked hill: and there let him remain for me, and be the oracle of those who

may

cluse

my opi

. to resort to him for inspiration, and gratefully to fumigate him with incense.

Of Mr. Todd, let me repeat that nion is highly favourable. His notes are commonly distinguished by their good sense; and his adduction of similar passages and expressions, though not always important, is generally successful and brought from rather an extensive circle of reading. As a commentator on Milton he occupies, after Patrick Hume, Pearce, and Newton, the very first place: and I wish that he had been satistied with these three learned and ingenious men as his associates, and had rejected the traslı which has been imposed on his facility by the gentlemen who write with ease, to mitigate the pains and penalties of idleness, or to indulge, in the only way open to them, the vanity of authorship.

THE END.

INDEX

TO THE

LIFE OF MILTON.

A.

Barebones' Parliament, resigns,439
Abbot, abp. 220

Bargrave, Dr. 136 note
Addison, 521, 530, 531, 594

Barkstead, Mr. 495 note
Ælian, 203

Barnes, Joshua, 572
Æschylus, 86, 100, 559

Baroni, Leonora, 140, 573 note
Alexander VI, pope, 260 note Barrow, Dr. 548
Alphry, Mr. 207

Bayle, 365, 388, 392
America, the preserver of the fame Beaux of the puritan age, 207
of the British classics, 122 Bedell, bish. 128 note

. a proof, that neither Bembo, 193 note
tilhes nor establishments are ne. Bendyshe, Henry, 506 note

cessary to Christianity, 475 Benson, Mr. 568, 633 note
American epitaph on Bradshaw, Bentley, Dr. 536 ib. note
316 note

Betterton, 490
Andreini, 525

Bindley, Mr. 8, 247 note
Anglesey, earl of, 337

Birch, Dr. 41, 87, 330 note, 354
Apollonius, 253

note, 392, 431 note, 455, 595
Ariosto, 193 pote, 532 note Blackburn, archdeacon, 39 note
Aristotle, 332 note, 561

Blake, admiral, 457, 498
Army, under Charles I, refuses to Bonmatthei, 133, 134

fight the Scots, 169 note Bontia, see Pontia
.... its agitation after the death Borlase, rev. George, 55 note
of Charles, 43+

Bouquet, Mr. 625
.. conduct on the death of Bourdeaux, the French ambas.
Cromwell, 470

sador, 414
Arthur, king, 182, note, 195

Boyle, Robert, 502
Ascham, 524 note

Bradshaw, 290, 308, 309 note, 328
Assembly of divines, 461

his character, 309, 311,
Atterbury, bish. 568 note

313
A ubrey, 45 note. 71, 200, 205,

epitaph on him, 316
547 note, 549, 573 note

note
Auger, 329

Bramhall, abp. 205 note, 393, 395
Aylmer, Brabazon, 552

note
B.

Brand, Mr. 597

British Critic, 614 note
Bacon, the sculptor, 568

Brutus, grandson of AEneas, fabu.
Barberini, cardinal, 136, 139 Jous conqueror of Britain, 182
Barebones' Parliament, 438

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