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shrunk. If I should misrepresent any of these circumstances, my falsehood must instantly be detected by thousands of my own countrymen, and by many foreigners, who are acquainted with my person, and to whose ridicule and contempt I should justly be exposed: it might then be fairly concluded that he who, in an affair of no moment, could unnecessarily be guilty of a gross and wanton violation of truth, could not be deserving of credit in any thing which he asserted. Thus much have I been compelled to speak of my own person;-of your's, though I have been informed that it is the most contemptible and the most strongly expressive of the dishonesty and malice which actuate it, I am as little disposed to say any thing as others would be to hear.
I wish that it were in my power, with the same facility, with which I have repelled his other attacks, to refute the charge, which my unfeeling adversary brings against me, of blindness: but, alas! it is not in my power, and I must consequently submit to it. It is not, however, miserable to be blind: he only is miserable who cannot acquiesce in his blindness with fortitude. And why should I repine at a calamity, which every man's mind ought to be so prepared and disci
plined as to its happening calamity to w
his nature is
have been the
the best of
whom it has the wisest of whose want
pally recomm fence exhib 4 variety of duces to our
v falsehood must
represent a plined as to be able, on the contingency of its happening, to tolerate with patience: a calamity to which man by the condition of his nature is liable; and which I know to have been the lot of some of the greatest and the best of my species. Among those, on whom it has fallen, I might reckon a few of the wisest of the bards of remote antiquity, whose want of sight the Gods are said to have compensated with extraordinary and far more valuable endowments, and whose virtues were so venerated that men would rather arraign the Gods themselves of injustice than draw from the blindness of these admirable mortals an argument of their guilt. What is handed down to us respecting the augur Tiresias is very commonly known. Of Phineus Apollonius, in his Argonautics, thus sings
housands of my or any foreigner, person, and to re
should justlyder arly concluded moment.co
gross and v
not be deseria
he asserted. E
elled to spea though I'
e most conta
in my p
mit to it blind: hea quiesce in dwhy sh every d and di
"Careless of Jove, in conscious virtue bold,
But independently of its communications respecting its author, by which it is principally recommended to us, the "Second Defence" exhibits many striking passages and a variety of entertaining matter. It introduces to our notice many of the writer's re
publican friends, and, besides an animated address to Cromwell, which it is our intention to extract, it presents us with an eloquent eulogy on Christina the Queen of Sweden. This extraordinary character, whose extravagances had not yet been so completely unveiled as to disgust the world, was, at this moment, renowned throughout Europe for her liberality, her erudition, her love and patronage of the learned. On the favour of Milton the daughter of the great Adolphus had a particular claim in consequence of the praise which, though a sovereign, she had Jiberally given to his "Defence of the People of England;" and on all occasions he seems anxious to requite her with the most prodigal panegyric. Of this not only the passage, to which I have now referred, is an instance, but the verses also, which, at a period, as we may conjecture, somewhat earlier than the present, he had written under a portrait of the Protector, transmitted as an official compliment to the northern Potentate from the fortunate usurper of England. To transcribe the prose eulogy would detain us too long from more interesting matters; but the poetic compliment, at once concise and splendid, shall be inserted to gratify our readers.
uld solicit aid fo o & person who wa The notion entertai erpetually tion, should, by th ty in the construc hem, strikes me a
their being found Works is surely of
transcribe a friend's
ne subject, with author's first claim
dhe same reasons w Fance, Bishop New or of Paradise Reg dering these verses
1. On the fas the great 1 consequence Sovereign, de
tence of the
Bellipotens Virgo, septem regina trionum,
Imperial Maid, great arbitress of war!
• Some doubts have been raised about the author of these
Christina! view this helmet-furrow'd brow;
Before we proceed to exhibit the address to Cromwell, it will be proper to direct our attention to the state of the British public at this remarkable conjuncture.
That part of the Long Parliament, which had been permitted by Cromwell and the fanatic army to continue its sittings, and which, in derision, was called the Rump Parliament, had conducted the political vessel with great ability and effect. It had lately been augmented by many of its old members who, having seceded in consequence their opposition to the trial of the king, were now, on their subscribing THE ENGAGEMENT," re-admitted to their seats; and with their presence they imparted a more imposing speciousness of aspect to the Legislative Assembly. If some of its laws betrayed the severity and narrowness of the presbyterian priesthood, the greater number of them dis
P-The form of this test, of the submission of the subject to
the existing government, was simple and concise: it was nothing more than a solemn promise "to be true and faithful to the government established without king or house of peers." The Engagement" was substituted, on the death of the king,
for the famous "Solemn League and Covenant."
spect, it was
to conciliate Many of its been repreh the murder stensibly in
the pretende ment of Hig
sequent disu criminals, co
odium, who regular tribu
Cousness wi grasp of po ference to