Considerations on Milton's Early Reading, and the Prima Stamina of His Paradise Lost: Together with Extracts from a Poet of the Sixteenth Century

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J. Nichols, 1800 - 249 pages
 

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Page 228 - God rarely bestowed, but yet to some (though most abuse) in every nation : and are of power, beside the office of a pulpit, to imbreed and cherish in a great people the seeds of virtue and public civility, to allay the perturbations of the mind, and set the affections in right tune...
Page 228 - Time serves not now, and perhaps I might seem too profuse to give any certain account of what the mind at home, in the spacious circuits of her musing, hath liberty to propose to herself, though of highest hope and hardest attempting; whether that epic form whereof the two poems of Homer and those other two of Virgil and Tasso are a diffuse, and the book of Job a brief model...
Page 213 - ... delight he took in Spenser's Fairy Queen, ' which was wont to lay in his mother's apartment ;' and which he had read all over, before he was twelve years old. That Dryden was, in some degree, similarly indebted to Cowley, we may collect from his denominating him ' the darling of my youth, the famous Cowley.
Page 11 - nothing can be further from my intention than to insinuate that Milton was a plagiarist or servile imitator; but I conceive that, having read these sacred poems of very high merit, at the immediate age when his own mind was just beginning to teem with poetry, he retained numberless thoughts, passages, and expressions therein, so deeply in his mind, that they hung inherently on his imagination, and became as it were naturalized there. Hence many of them were afterwards insensibly transfused into...
Page 218 - ... gift of tongues, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian and Latin. But this must be known, that he, taking too much liberty upon him to correct the vices of the times, as George Wither and Jo.
Page 121 - The sad black horror of Cimmerian Mists, The sable fumes of Hell's infernall vault (Or if ought darker in the World be thought) Muffled the face of that profound Abyss, Full of Disorder and fell Mutinies...
Page 148 - We leave-behinde our living Images, Change War to Peace, in kindred multiply, And in our Children live eternally. By thee, we quench the wild and wanton Fires, That in our Soule the Paphian shot inspires : And taught (by thee) a love more firm and fitter, We finde the Mel more sweet, the Gall less bitter, Which here (by turns) heap up our humane Life Ev'n now with joyes, anon with jars and strife. This done, the...
Page 147 - Or known the Bridegroom from his gentle Bride : Saving that she had a more smiling Eye.

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