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MILTON. Paradise Regained.
It is a favourable circumstance to the Editor of a Volume like the present, that the Preface is the last article required by the Press. Never is a modest assurance more embarrassed, than in soliciting the attention of the Public to a work, the character of which is wholly comprised in anticipation and futurities. But when the conduct of a publication has been approved of, and the good opinion of its Readers is obtained, the uncertainties of a first introduction are over, and the most timid may assume a confidence which will not be censured as unbecoming or ungraceful.
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