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   Chapter 12 INTENDED FOR SIR ISAAC NEWTON.

The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes, Volume 03 / The Rambler, Volume II By Samuel Johnson Characters: 630

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In Westminster Abbey.

ISAACUS NEWTONIUS:

Quem immortalem

Testantur, tempus, natura, c?lum:

Mortalem

Hoc marmor fatetur.

Nature, and nature's law, lay hid in night:

God said, Let Newton be! And all was light.

Of this epitaph, short as it is, the faults seem not to be very few. Why part shoul

d be Latin, and part English, it is not easy to discover. In the Latin the opposition of immortalis and mortalis, is a mere sound, or a mere quibble; he is not immortal in any sense contrary to that in which he is mortal.

In the verses the thought is obvious, and the words night and light are too nearly allied.

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