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This is true Liberty when free born men / Having to advise the public may speak free, / Which he who can, and will, deserv’s high praise, / Who neither can nor will, may hold his peace; / What can be juster in a State than this?
Euripid.
Hicetid.
Harvard Classics, Vol. 3, Part 3
 
Areopagitica
Order of the Long Parliament for the Regulating of Printing, 14 June, 1643
A Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing
 
John Milton
 
This written oration responds to attempts of the day to “license,” or ban, religious and political writings; however, it remains the starting point for freedom of the press debate.
 
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Bibliographic Record
NEW YORK: P.F. COLLIER & SON COMPANY, 1909–14
NEW YORK: BARTLEBY.COM, 2001
 
 
Introductory Note
Order of the Long Parliament for the Regulating of Printing, 14 June, 1643; Being the Occasion of Milton’s Areopagitica
 
Areopagitica: A Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing
Paras. 1–19
Paras. 20–33


 
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