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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1854, by
LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massa
ABSALOM AND ACHITOPHEL.
Si quis tamen hæc quoque, si quis
TO THE READER.
In the year 1680, Mr. Dryden undertook the poem of Absalom and Achitophel, upon the desire of King Charles II. The performance was applauded by every one; and several persons pressing him to write a second part, he, upon declining it himself, spoke to Mr. Tate to write one, and gave him his advice in the direction of it; and that part beginning with
Next these, a troop of busy spirits press,' and ending with
• To talk like Doeg, and to write like thee.' containing near two hundred verses, were entirely Mr. Dryden's compositions, besides some touches in other places.
SINCE men like beasts each other's prey were made,
Shower down the manna of a gentle reign;
Achitophel with triumph sees his crimes