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Perhaps you will find him sitting with his sweet wife, fondling the dear pledges of their love on his lap, or perhaps turning over the mighty volumes of the old Fathers” or the Holy Scriptures of the true God, or watering tender souls ...
Perhaps Milton thought of the identification of the morning Star, Lucifer, with Venus, for whom the induction to Lucretius' De rerum natura describes the earth as bringing forth its flowers. But 5. the holy sages: the prophets who sang ...
I This is the Month, and this the happy morn Wherein the Son of Heav'n's eternal King, Of wedded Maid, and Virgin Mother born, Our great redemption from above did bring; For so the holy sages once did sing, That he our deadly forfeit ...
... I2O Ring out ye Crystal spheres, Once bless our human ears, 125 And let your silver chime Move in melodious time; 130 For if such holy Song Enwrap our fancy long, 135 And speckl'd vanity Will sicken soon and die, Yea, Truth.
XXII With that twice-batter'd god of Palestine, Heav'n's Queen and Mother both, Now sits not girt with Tapers' holy shine, The Libyc Hammon shrinks his horn, In vain the Tyrian Maids their wounded Thammuz mourn.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jsburbidge - LibraryThing
This is pretty well the standard edition of Milton, with a critically established text, a reasonable level of apparatus for non-expert readers, and a critical mass of Milton's work extending beyond his major works to everything that anyone who is not a specialist is likely to need. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - selfcallednowhere - LibraryThing
Ok, so I didn't read this whole thing, obviously. But I did read "Paradise Lost" and that's the important thing, right? And I actually ended up enjoying it a lot more than I expected to. The language ... Read full review