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A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR,
TRANSLATIONS AND CRITICAL REMARKS,
CHARLES SYMMONS, D.D.
OF JESUS COLLEGE, OXFORD.
IN SEVEN VOLUMES.
PRINTED BY LUKE HANSARD, NEAR LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS,
FOR J. JOHNSON; NICHOLS AND SON; F. AND C. RIVINGTON;
HISTORY OF BRITAIN,
That Part especially, now called ENGLAND;
From the First Traditional Beginning, continued to the
Collected out of the ancienteft and beft Authors thereof.
Published from a Copy corrected by the Author himself.
THE FIRST BOOK.
THE beginning of nations, thofe excepted of whom facred books have fpoken, is to this day unknown, Nor only the beginning, but the deeds alfo of many fucceeding ages, yea, periods of ages, either wholly unknown, or obfcured and blemished with fables. Whether it were that the use of letters came in long after, or were it the violence of barbarous inundations, or they themselves at certain revolutions of time, fatally decaying, and degenerating into floth and ignorance; whereby the monuments of more ancient civility have been fome destroyed, fome loft. Perhaps disesteem and contempt of the public affairs then prefent, as not worth recording, might partly be in caufe. Certainly ofttimes we see that wife men, and of beft ability, have forborn to write the acts of their own days, while they beheld with a juft loathing and difdain, not only how unworthy, how perverfe, how corrupt, but often how ignoble, how petty, how below all history the persons and their actions were; who, either by fortune or fome rude election, VOL. IV.