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NOLLEKEN'S CONTEMPORARIES.

and translated, with a spirit equal to the originals, the best poets of antiquity.'

"'Sir Thomas Gresham,—Who, by the honourable profession of a merchant, having enriched himself, and his country; for carrying on the commerce of the world, built the Royal Exchange.'

"'Ignatius Jones,—Who, to adorn his country, introduced, and rivalled the Greek and Roman architecture.'

"'John Milton,—Whose sublime and unbounded genius equalled a subject that carried him beyond the limits of the world.'

"'William Shakspeare—Whose excellent genius opened to him the whole heart of man, all the mines of fancy, all the stores of nature; and gave him power beyond all other writers to move, astonish, and delight mankind.'

"'John Locke,—Who, best of all philosophers, understood the powers of the human mind; the nature, end, and bounds of civil government; and with equal sagacity, refuted the slavish system of usurped authority over the rights, the consciences, or the reason of mankind.'

"'Sir Isaac Newton,—Whom the God of nature made to comprehend his works.'

"'Sir Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam,—Who, by the strength and light of superior genius, rejecting vain speculation, and fallacious theory, taught to pursue truth, and improve philolosophy by the certain method of experiment.'

"'King Alfred,—The mildest, justest, most benevolent of Kings; who drove out the Danes, secured the seas, protected learning, established juries, crushed corruption, guarded liberty, and was the founder of the English constitution.'

"'Edward Prince of Wales,—The terror of Europe, the delight of England; who preserved unaltered, in the height of glory and fortune, his natural gentleness and modesty.'