Hypertext Exercise from Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub

Swift's Text

Since this text is by the original author, it should be preserved exactly. It's acceptable to change the style of footnotes: Swift uses asterisks (*) and daggers (+). Everything else should be preserved exaclty.
THE last Engine of Orators, is the *Stage-Itinerant, erected with much Sagacity, +sub Jove pluvio, in triviis & quadriviis. It is the great Seminary of the two former, and its Orators are sometimes preferred to the One, and sometimes to the Other, in proportion to their Deservings, there being a strict and perpetual intercourse between all three.

FROM this accurate Deduction it is manifest, that for obtaining Attention in Publick, there is of necessity required a superior Position of Place. But, altho' this Point be generally granted, yet the Cause is little agreed in; and it seems to me, that very few Philosophers have fallen into a true, natural Solution of this Phænomenon. The deepest Account, and the most fairly digested of any I have yet met with, is this, That Air being a heavy Body, and therefore (according to the system of **Epicurus) continually descending, must needs be more so, when loaden and pressed down by Words; which are also Bodies of much Weight and Gravity, as it is manifest from those deep Impressions they make and leave upon us; and therefore must be delivered from a due Altitude, or else they will neither carry a good Aim, nor fall down with a sufficient Force.

++ Corpoream quoque enim vocem constare fatendum est,
Et sonitum, quoniam possunt impellere Sensus.

Lucr. Lib. 4.

Swift's Notes

Like the text above, these notes are by the author, and must be preserved exactly, though again, you can change the numbering system.
* Is the Mountebank's Stage, whose Orators the Author determines either to the Gallows or a Conventicle.

+ In the open Air, and in Streets where the greatest Resort is.

** Lucret. Lib. 2. [marginal note]

++ 'Tis certain then, that Voice that thus can wound
Is all
Material; Body every Sound.

Additional Notes

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Note the different kinds of information we have to present, and perhaps distinguish: Your task is to organize this information in the way that makes it most useful to a reader. Bring to bear all your knowledge of HTML, and be prepared to describe the things you'd like to do but can't because of the limitations of HTML.