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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.
ABSALOM AND 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.
Earl of Shaftsbury.
House of Commons. . . Sir Heneage Finch, Earl of Win
chelsea, and Lord Chancellor.
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.
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
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.
London. Jews .
Sir Wm. Jones, a great Lawyer, Jordan
Saville, Marquis of Halifax. Jothran
Lord Dartmouth. Ishbosheth. Richard Cromwell. Israel
Thomas Thynne, Esq. who was
shot in his coach. Judas
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 ..
Henry D. of Grafton, natural
Son of King Charles II. by
the Duchess of Cleveland. Phaleg.
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
Oliver Cromwell. Shimei.
Slingsby Bethel, Sheriff of Lon
don in 1680. Sheva
Sir Roger L'Estrange. Sion