Excerpt from The City of Sin, and Its Capture by Immanuel's Army: An Allegory
The writer can imagine the reader looking at the title-page and exclaiming, Who would dare to write an allegory after John Bunyan's triumphant 'success? Who would dare to lift up his rushlight with such a sun ﬂaming in the heavens? And the writer would ask, Who would dare to write an epic after reading Homer's Iliad? Who would dare to open his mouth after listening to'the thunders of De mosthenes? Who would dare to take a chisel into his hand after gazing at the Jupiter Olympus of Phidias? Who would dare to paint after beholding the grapes of Zeuxis Inﬂuenced by such fears, Virgil, Dante, and Milton would never have rolled their swelling tide of harmony through the world guided by such reasons, Cicero, Chatham, and Webster would never have shaken the forum and senate;/ Praxiteles, West, and Powers would never have enriched the world with their immortal productions.
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