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201 ] ain withall perswaded that it may prove niuch more eafie in the affay, then it now seems at distance, and much more illustrious : howbeit not more difficult then I imagine, and that imagination: presents me with nothing but very happy i and very possible according to best wishes; if God have so decreed, and this age bave spirit and capacity anough to apprehend.

AR E O PAGITICA;

A
S P E E CH

OF
M. JOHN MILTON
For the Liberty of VnLICENC’D

PRINTING, To the Parliament of ENGLAND.

Τουλεύθερον δ' εκείνο εί τις θέλει πόλει
Xensóv to Bobrevpicis pécoy Pépery, éxws.
Kai taūt' ó xeńswv, aaye tepòs éco', o pin Jéawy,
Σιγά, τί τούτων έσιν ίσαίτερον πόλει και

Euripid. Hicetid.

This is true Liberty when free born men
Having to advise tbe public may speak free,
Which he who can, and will, deseru's bigh praise,
Who neither can nor will, may hold his peace;
Wbat can be juster in a state than this?

Euripid. Hicetid.

LONDON,
Printed in the Yeare, 1644.

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THERE is no need of a Preface to

recommend this admirable defence of the best of human rights, to any one who has ever heard of the Divine MilTON: and it is impossible to produce better arguments, or to set them in a more convincing, awakening light.

Is it possible that any Free-born Briton, who is capable of thinking, can ever dose all sense of religion and virtue, and of the dignity of human nature to such. a degree, as to with 'for that universal Ignorance, Darkness, and Barbarity,

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