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think fit. God is infinitely merciful, and his vicegerent is only not so, because he is not infinite.

The true end of satire is the amendment of vices by correction; and he who writes honestly is no more an enemy to the offender, than the physician to the patient, when he prescribes harsh remedies to an inveterate disease; for those are only in order to prevent the chirurgeon's work of an ense rescindendum, which I wish not to my very enemies. To conclude all, if the body politic have any analogy to the natural, in my weak judgment an act of oblivion were as necessary in a hot distempered state, as an opiate would be in a raging fever.

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ABSALOM AND ACHITOPHEL.

Abdael

Abethdin

Absalom .....

Achitophel

General Monk, Duke of Albe

marle. The name given, through this

Poem, to a Lord Chancellor

in general. Duke of Monmouth, natural son

of King Charles II.
Anthony Ashly Cowper, first

Earl of Shaftsbury.
John Sheffield, Earl of Mul.

grave.
Sir Edmundbury Godfrey.
Mr. Seymour, Speaker of the

House of Commons. . . Sir Heneage Finch, Earl of Win

chelsea, and Lord Chancellor.

Adriel

Agag
Amiel.

Amri

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Annabel ...... Anne, Duchess of Monmouth,

the daughter and sole heir of Francis, Earl of Buc

cleugh. Arod ..

Sir William Waller. Asaph

A character drawn by Tate for

Dryden, in the Second Part

of this poem. Balaam

Earl of Huntingdon. Balak.

Barnet. Barzillai

Duke of Ormond. Bathsheba

Duchess of Portsmouth. Benaiah

General Sackville. Ben Jochanan Rey, Samuel Johnson. Bezaliel

Duke of Beaufort. Caleb.

Ford, Lord Grey of Werk. Corah

Dr. Titus Oates. David

King Charles II. Doeg

Elkanah Settle, the City poet. Egypt

France. Eliab.

Sir Henry Bennet, Earl of Ar

lington. Ethnic-plot The Popish-plot. Gath

The Land of Exile, more parti.

cularly Brussels, where King

Charles II. long resided. Hebron

Scotland. Hebrew Priests. The Church'of England Clergy. Helon.

Earl of Feversham, a French

man by birth, and nephew to

Marshall Turenne. Hushai

. Hyde, Earl of Rochester, Jebusites. Papists.

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Jerusalem

London. Jews .

English. Jonas

Sir Wm. Jones, a great Lawyer, Jordan

Dover. Jotham

Saville, Marquis of Halifax. Jothran

Lord Dartmouth. Ishbosheth. Richard Cromwell. Israel

England. Issachar

Thomas Thynne, Esq. who was

shot in his coach. Judas

Mr.

Ferguson, canting

Teacher. Ishban .

Sir Robert Clayton, Alderman,

and one of the City Members. Mephibosheth . . . Pordage. Michal .

Catharine, Queen of Charles II. Nadab

Lord Howard of Escriek. Og ..

Shadwell. Othniel

Henry D. of Grafton, natural

Son of King Charles II. by

the Duchess of Cleveland. Phaleg.

Forbes. Pharaoh

King of France. Rabsheka

Sir Thomas Player, one of the

City Members. Sagan of Jerusalem Dr. Compton, Bishop of Lon

don, youngest Son to the Earl

of Northampton. Sanhedrim

Parliament. Saul

Oliver Cromwell. Shimei.

Slingsby Bethel, Sheriff of Lon

don in 1680. Sheva

Sir Roger L'Estrange. Sion

England.

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Solymean Rout
Tyre.
Uzza,
Zadoc

London Rebels.
Holland.
Jack Hall.
Sancroft, Archbishop of Can-

terbury.
A Member of the House of

Commons.
Villiers, Duke of Buckingham.
Sir John Moore, Lord Mayor in

1682.

Zaken

Zimri
Ziloah

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