seducing a third part

Swift intends a stroke at Wharton, who is referred to, not obscurely, through this Examiner, and he could evidently rely on no very accurate knowledge of Milton in his readers. In Milton, as elsewhere, Satan was Regent of the North,Paradise Lost, v. 689 ('where we possess The quarters of the North'), and v. 725 (` who intends to erect his throne Equal to ours throughout the spacious North'). But Wharton had been Viceroy of Ireland, and Swift therefore varies the region. He follows Milton in the proportion of the rebellious angels, v. 709

'With lies
Drew after him the third part of heaven's host.'
Note by Heny Craik to Issue 14 of The Examiner
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