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THE
PROSE WORKS
OF
JOHN MILTON:
WITH A
BIOGRAPHICAL INTRODUCTION,
BY
RUFUS WILMOT GRISWOLD.

HE WAS IN HIS STYLE
NAKED AND STERN; AND TO EFFEMINATE EARS
PERCHANCE EVEN HARSH; BUT WHO WILL DARE DISPUTE
HIS STRENGTH AND GRANDEUR?

SIR EDGERTON BRYDGES.

MILTON ' THOU SHOULDST BE LIVING AT THIS HOUR.
......... RETURN TO US AGAIN,
AND GIVE US MANNERS, VIRTUE, FREEDOM, POWER.
THY SOUL WAS LIKE A STAR, AND DWELT APART
THOU HADST A VOICE, WHOSE SOUND WAS LIKE THE SEA:
PURE AS THE NAKED HEAVENS, MAJESTIC, FREE;
SO DIDST THOU TRAVEL ON LIFE'S COMMON WAY,
IN CHEERFUL GODLINESS, AND YET THY HEART
THE LOWLIEST DUTIES ON HERSELF DID LAY.

WORDSWORTH.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

PHILADELPHIA:
J. W. MOORE, 193 CHESNUT STREET.
1873

CONTENTS OF THE FIRST VOLUME.

Biographical Introduction. ...........................................

Of Reformation touching Church Discipline in England, and the causes that hitherto have hindered it: in two Books, written to a Friend............. 1

Of Prelatical Episcopacy, and whether it may be deduced from the Apostolical Times, by virtue of those Testimonies which are alleged to that purpose in some late Treatises; one whereof goes under the Name of James Archbishop of Armagh........................................................ 34

The Reason of Church Government urged against Prelaty. In two Books .... 45

Animadversions upon the Remonstrant's Defence against Smectymnuus....... 88

An Apology for Smectymnuus. .......................................... 121

Of Education; to Master Samuel Hartlib.................................. 158

Areopagitica; a Speech for the liberty of unlicensed Printing, to the Parliament of England................................................... 166

The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, restored to the good of both Sexes, from the Bondage of Canon Law, and other Mistakes, to the true meaning of Scripture in the Law and Gospel compared, &c........................ 192

The Judgment of Martin Bucer concerning Divorce: written to Edward the Sixth, in his second Book of the Kingdom of Christ, &c.................. 256

Tetrachordon: Expositions upon the four chief Places in Scripture which treat of Marriage, or Nullities in Marriage, &c......................... 285

Colasterion: A Reply to a nameless Answer against the Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce: wherein the trivial Author of that Answer is discovered, the Licenser conferred with, and the Opinion, which they traduce, defended.................. ........................................ 356

The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates: proving, that it is lawful, and hath been held so through all Ages, for any, who have the Power, to call to account a Tyrant, or wicked King, and, after due Conviction, to depose, and put him to Death, if the ordinary Magistrate have neglected, or denied to do it, &c.... 374

Observations on the Articles of Peace between James Earl of Ormond, for King Charles the First, on the one hand, and the Irish Rebels and Papists on the other hand: and on a Letter sent by Ormond to Colonel Jones, Governor of Dublin: and a Representation of the Scots Presbytery at Belfast in Ireland. To which the said Articles, Letter, with Colonel Jones's Answer to it, and Representation, &c., are prefixed......... ........................... 399

Eikonoclastes: in answer to a Book, entitled, Eikon Basilike, the Portraiture of his sacred Majesty in his Solitudes and Sufferings ................. . 435

CONTENTS OF THE SECOND VOLUME.

A defence of the People of England, in answer to Salmasius's Defence of the King.......................................................... 5

A Treatise of Civil Power in Ecclesiastical Causes: showing, that it is not lawful for any Power on Earth to compel in Matters of Religion............. 127

Considerations touching the likeliest Means to remove Hirelings out the Church, &c......................................................... 145

A Letter to a Friend, concerning the Ruptures of the Commonwealth......... 170

The present Means and brief Delineation of a free Commonwealth, easy to be put in practice, and without delay. In a Letter to General Monk........ 173

The ready and easy Way to establish a free Commonwealth, and the Excellence thereof, compared with the Inconveniences and Dangers of readmitting Kingship in this Nation. ............................................. 174

Brief Notes upon a late Sermon, titled, "The Fear of God and the King," preached, and since published, by Matthew Griffith, D. D. and Chaplain to the late King, wherein many notorious Wrestlings of Scripture, and other Falsities, are observed.............................................. 191

The History of Britain, that Part especially now called England; from the first traditional Beginning, continued to the Norman Conquest. Collected out of the ancientest and best Authors thereof. Published from a Copy corrected by the Author himself......................................... 197

Of true Religion, Heresy, Schism, Toleration, and what best Means may be used against the Growth of Popery. Printed in the year 1673................ 343

A brief History of Moscovia, and other less known Countries lying Eastward of Russia, as far as Cathay, gathered from the writings of several Eye-witnesses 350

A Declaration, or Letters Patents for the Election of John the Third, King of Poland, elected on the 22d of May, Anno Dom. 1674, containing the Reasons of this Election, the great Virtues and Merits of the said serene Elect, his eminent Services in War, especially in his last great Victory against the Turks and Tartars; whereof many Particulars are here related, not published before....................................................... 375

Letters of State to most of the Sovereign Princes and Republics of Europe, during the Administration of the Commonwealth, and the Protectors Oliver and Richard Cromwell................................................. 380

Letters written in the Name of the Parliament............................ ibid.

Letters written in the Name of Oliver the Protector......................... 407

Letters written in the Name of Richard the Protector........................ 458

A Manifesto of the Lord Protector, against the Spaniards.................... 464

The Second Defence of the People of England, against an anonymous Libel, entitled, "The royal Blood crying to Heaven for Vengeance on the English Parricides"........................................................ 477

Familiar Epistles....................................................... 527


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