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SEPTEM ÆTATES. PRIMA parit terras ætas, ficcatque fecunda, ,

Evocat Abramum dein tertia ; quarta relinquit Ægyptum ; templo Solomonis quinta superfit; Cyrum sexta timet; lætatur feptima Christo.

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IS Tempelmanni numeris defcripferis orbem.

a Cum sex centurüs Judæo millia feptem. Myrias b Ægypto ceffit bis feptima pingui.

* To the above Lines (which are unfinished, and can therefore be only offered as a fragment), in the Doctor's manuscript, are piefixed the words, “ Geographia Metrica.” As we are referred, in the first of the verses, to Templeman for having furnished the numetical computations that are the subject of them, his work has been accordingly consulted, the title of which is, “ A new Survey of the Globe," and which profetea to give an accurate mensuration of all the empires, kingdoms, and other divisions thereof, in the square miles that they respectively contain. On comparison of the several numbers in these verses with those set down by Templeman, it appears that nearly half of them are precisely the same; the rest are noc quite to exactly done. For the convenience of the Reader it has been thought right to subjoin each number, as it stands in Templeo man's work, to that in Dr. Johnson's verses which refers to it. :

a In this first article that is versified, there is an accurate conformity in Dr. Johnson's number to Templeman's ; who sets down the square miles of Palestine at 7,600. The square miles of Ægypt are, in Templeman, 140,700.

Myrias adsciscit fibi nonagefima feptem
Imperium qua Turca c ferox exercet iniquum.

Undecies binas decadas et millia feptem
Sortitur d Pelopis tellus quæ nomine gaudet.

Myı iadas decies feptem numerare jubebit
Pastor d Arabs : decies octo fibi Perfa d requirit.

Myriades fibi pulcra duas, duo millia poscit
Parthenope". e Novies vult tellus mille Sicana.
f Papa fuo regit imperio ter millia quinque.
Cum sex centuriis numerat sex millia Tuicus g.
Centuriâ Ligures h augent duo millia quartâ.
Centuriæ odtavam decadem addit Lucca i secundæ.

Ut dicas, fpatiis quain latis imperet orbi

c The whole Turkish empire, in Templeman, is computed at 960,0 57 square miles.

d In the four following articles, the numbers, in Templeman and in Johnson's verses, are alike. -We find, accordingly, the Morea, in Templeman, to be set down at 7,220 square miles. Arabia, at 700,000.- Persia, at 800,000.--and Naples, at 22,000.

o Sicily, in Templeman, is put down at 9,400.
f The pope's dominions, at 14,868.
& Tuscany, at 6,640.

Ho Genoa in Templeman, as in Johnson likewise, is set down at 2,400.

i Lucca, at 286.

Ruflia,

* Russia, myriadas ter denas adde trecentis :
i Sardiniam cum fexcentis sex millia complent.

Cum sexagenis, dum plura recluferit ætas, Myriadas ter mille homini dat terra m colendas.

Vult sibi vicenas millefima myrias addi, Vicenis quinas, Asiam ” metata celebrem.

Se quinquagenis octingentefima jungit Myrias, ut menti pateat tota Africa o doctæ.

Myriadas septem decies Europa P ducentis Et quadragenis quoque ter tria millia jungit.

Myriadas denas dat, quinque et millia, fexque Centurias, et tres decadas Europa Britannis L.

Ter tria myriadi conjungit millia quartæ, Centuriæ quartæ decades quinque r Anglia nectit

Millia myriadi septem fæcunda fecundæ Et quadragenis decades quinque addit Iernes,

k The Russian empire, in the 29th plate of Templeman, is set down at 3,303:485 square miles.

| Sardinia, in Templeman, as likewise in Johnson, 6,600.

m The habitable world, in Templeman, is computed, in square miles, at 30,666,806.

A Asia, at 10,257,487.
o Africa, at 8,506,208.

P Europe, at 2,749.349.
9 The British dominions, at 105,634.

r England, as likewise in Johnson's exprellion of the number, at 49,450. s Ireland, at 27,457.

Quingentis quadragenis socialiş adauget Millia Belga' novem.

Ter sex centurias Hollandia ' jactat opima Undecimum Cambert vult feptem millibus addi. Ε Ρ Ι Τ Α Ρ Η S.

t In the three remaining instances, which make the whole that Dr. Johnson appears to have rendered into Latin verte, we find the numbers exactly agreeing with chole of Templeman; who makes the square miles of the United Provinces, 3340-of the province of Hula land, 1800-and of Wales, 7011.

EPI.

1. AT LICHFIELD.

H. S. E.

MICHAEL JOHNSON, VIR impavidus, conftans, animofus, periculorum immemor, laborum patientiffimus ; fiduciâ christiana fortis, fervidufque, pater-familias apprimè ftrenuus ; bibliopola admodum peritus ; mente et libris et negotiis exculta ; animo ita firmo, ut, rebus adversis diu condictatus, nec fibi nec suis defuerit : lingua fic temperata, ut ei nihil quod aures, vel pias, vel caftas læfiffet, aut dolor, vel voluptas unquam expresserit.

Natus Cubleiæ, in agro Derbiensi, anno MDCLVI. obiit MDCCXXXI.

Appofita est Sara, conjux, Antiqua FORDORUM gente oriunda ; quam domi fedu. lam, foris paucis notam ; nulli moleftam, mentis acus mine et judicii subtilitate præcellentem ; aliis multum, VOL. LXXII.

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