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Then his Mind; Afterwards You fhall be Acquainted with the Principal Occurrences of his Life; his Provifion for Maintenance; and Laftly, I will Confider the General Character of his Life, as to Happiness, by Comparing in very few Words his Sufferings and Enjoy
He was rather a Middle Siz'd than a Little Man, and Well Proportion'd; Latterly he was-No; Not Short and Thick, but he would have been So, had he been Somthing Shorter and Thicker than he Was. His Deportment was Marly and Refolute, but with a Gentlemanly Affability. in his Habit Plain, Clean, and Neat. his Voice was Mufically Agreeable. When Young he was Efteem'd Handfom, Chiefly I believe because he had a Fine Skin, and a Fresh Complexion. his Hair was a Light Brown, which he wore Parted atop, and Somwhat Flat, Long, and Waving, a little Curl'd. the Print Prefix'd hows the Face of him: who Wrote Paradife Loft, the Face We Chiefly defire to be Acquainted with, 'tis done from a Picture which I have reafon to believe he Sate for not long before his Death, I have therefore given a little more Vigour to the Print, and but a Little. the Complexion must be Imagin'd as of One who had been Fair and Fresh Colour'd. Toland fays he was Ruddy to the Laft, My Picture and other Information does not tell us That, but
that he might have been So not long before. the Colour of his Eyes inclin'd to Blue, not Deep; and though Sightlefs, they were as he fays Himself, Clear to Outward View of Blemish or of Spot; he was Told So, and 'tis Certain the Gutta Serena (which was His Cafe) does not appear to Common Eyes, and at a little Distance; but Blindness, even of That Kind is Vifible, in the Colour, Motion, and Look of the Eye which has the fad Unhappiness of being Extinguifh'd by it. 'tis Wonderfully Expreft in the Picture from Whence this Print was made, as well as the Sett of the Mouth, and the rest of the Air. I have Imitated it as well as I could in a Way of Working which I Never Practic'd but on a Few Plates, and Thofe in my Youth, except an Attempt on One or Two near 20 Years ago. the Laurel is not in the Picture, the two Lines under it are my Reafon for putting it There, not what Otherwife would have been Imagin'd. All the World has given it him long fince.
One that had Often feen him, told me he us'd to come to a Houfe where He Liv'd, and he has alfo Met him in the Street, Led by Millington, the fame who was fo Famous an Auctioneer of Books about the time of the Revolution, and Since. This Man was then a Seller of Old Books in Little Britain, and Milton lodg'd at his houfe. This was 3 or 4 Years before he Dy'd. he then wore no
MILTON'S Paradile Loft.
J. RICHARDSON, Father and Son.
With the LIFE of the AUTHOR, and a Difcourfe on the POEM. By J. R. Sen.
Printed for JAMES, JOHN, and PAUL KNAPTON, at the Crown in Ludgate-ftreet, near the Weft-End of St. Paul's.