The Complete Poetical Works of John Milton: With Explanatory Notes, and a Life of the Author

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D. Appleton, 1855 - 572 pages
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Page 430 - Swinging slow with sullen roar; Or, if the air will not permit, Some still removed place will fit, Where glowing embers through the room Teach Light to counterfeit a gloom, 80 Par from all resort of mirth, Save the cricket on the hearth, Or the belman's drowsy charm, To bless the doors from nightly harm:
Page 25 - Here for his envy, will not drive us hence : 200 Here we may reign secure, and in my choice To reign is worth ambition, though in hell ; Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven. But wherefore let we then our faithful friends, Th' associates and copartners of our loss, 265
Page 430 - spur that the clear spirit doth raise 70 (That last infirmity of noble minds) To scorn delights, and live laborious days; But the fair guerdon when we hope to find, And think to burst out into sudden blaze, Comes the blind Fury with the abhorred shears,
Page 431 - Sleep'st by the fable of Bellerus old, 160 Where the great -vision of the guarded mount Looks toward Namancos and Bayona's hold; Look homeward Angel now, and melt with ruth: And, O ye Dolphins, waft the hapless youth. Weep no more, woful Shepherds, weep no more* For Lycidas your sorrow is not dead,
Page 104 - With living sapphires : Hesperus, that led 005 The starry host, rode brightest, till the Moon, Rising in clouded majesty, at length Apparent queen, unveil'd her peerless light, And o'er the dark her silver mantle threw. When Adam thus to Eve : Fair Consort, th' hour Of night, and all things now retired to rest,
Page 430 - before mine eyes. And may at last my weary age Find out the peaceful hermitage, The hairy gown and mossy ceH, Where I may sit and rightly spell 170 Of every star that Heav'n doth shew, And every herb that sips the dew; Till old experience do attain To something like prophetic strain. These pleasures, Melancholy, give
Page 25 - moving tow'rd the shore ; his pond'rous shield, Ethereal temper, massy, large, and round, 285 Behind him cast ; the broad circumference Hung- on his shoulders like the moon, whose orb Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views At evening from the top of Fesol6, Or in Valdarno, to descry new lands,
Page 69 - with me in fate, So were I equall'd with them in renown, Blind Thamyris and blind Maeonides, 35 And Tiresias and Phineus prophets old : Then feed on thoughts, that voluntary move Harmonious numbers ; as the wakeful bird Sings darkling, and in shadiest covert hid Tunes her nocturnal note. Thus with the year
Page 30 - came next behind, Whose annual wound in Lebanon allured The Syrian damsels to lament his fate In amorous ditties all a summer's day; While smooth Adonis from his native rock 450 Ran purple to the sea, supposed with blood Of Thammuz yearly wounded: the love-tale Infected Sum's daughters with like heat;
Page 425 - sound, To many a youth and many a maid, 95 Dancing in the chequer'd shade ; And young and old come forth to play On a sunshine holy-day, Till the live-long day-light fail; Then to the spicy nut-brown ale, 100 With stories told of many a feat, How faery Mab the junkets eat; She was

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