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2O THE ACTION NOT LIMITED TO ANY PARTICULAR TIME.

The Modern Criticks have colle&ted from several Hints in the Iliad and Æneid the Space of Time, which is taken up by the Aćtion of each of those Poems; but as a great Part of Milton's Story was transačted in Regions that lie out of the reach of the Sun and the Sphere of Day, it is impossible to gratifie the Reader with such a Calculation, which indeed would be more curious than instrućtive; none of the Criticks, either Ancient or Modern, having laid down Rules to circumscribe the A&tion of an Epic Poem with any determined number of Years, Days, or Hours.f

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