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Bible.O.T. Job. Einglicha

AN

AMENDED VERSION

OF

THE BOOK OF JOB,

WITH

AN INTRODUCTION,

AND

NOTES CHIEFLY EXPLANATORY.

BY GEORGE R. NOYES.

CAMBRIDGE:

PUBLISHED BY HILLIARD AND BROWN.

1827.

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INTRODUCTION.

The poem, which it is the design of this volume to illustrate, is, in many respects, the most remarkable production of any age or country. Though its antiquity is at least equal to that of the most ancient monuments of Grecian genius, it has for its subject, not the sanguinary exploits of half-civilized heroes, and the fierce contentions of rival deities, but the providence of the one true God, and the duty of man. Its language is the natural effusion of a soul, full of the sublimest conceptions of the Author of nature, and his glorious works, and of true sympathy with all that is great, and amiable, and affecting in the character and condition of man.

The imagination of the author seems to have ranged fraalv through every part of the universe, and to have enriched

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familiar with his subject, and seems to ben
have seen, and his ears have heard.

What is most remarkable in a poem of so high
the skill with which all the delineations of the heart,
descriptions of nature, are made subservient to the ille
one important moral subject. He has not merely given
sion of isolated pictures, but a complete and regular pa
tinguished by unity of design, and judicious arrangeme.

It has been a much debated question, whether the Book o.
should be considered as an epic, or a dramatic composition. Bu
it contains no action, no variety of characters, and no scenes, buto

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