Milton's Paradise Lost: With Copious Notes, Explanatory and Critical, Partly Selected from the Various Commentators, and Partly Original; Also a Memoir of His Life

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S. Holdsworth, 1840 - 452 sider
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Side 3 - Invoke thy aid to my advent'rous song, That with no middle flight intends to soar 15 Above th' Aonian mount, while it pursues Things unattempted yet in prose, or rhyme. And chiefly Thou, O SPIRIT ! that dost prefer Before all temples the upright heart and pure, Instruct me, for Thou knowest: Thou from the first
Side xi - the invocation of Dame Memory, and her Syren daughters; but by devout prayer to that Eternal Spirit, who can enrich with all utterance and knowledge, and sends out his Seraphim with the hallowed fire of his altar, to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases.
Side 10 - shield, 285 Ethereal temper, massy, large, and round, Behind him cast: the broad circumference Hung on his shoulders like the moon, whose orb Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views At ev'ning, from the top of Fesole, 290 Or in Valdarno, to descry new lands, Rivers, or mountains, in her spotty globe. His
Side 10 - Here for his envy;—will not drive us hence : " 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, 265 " The associates and copartners of our loss,
Side 172 - Till, warn'd, or by experience taught, she learn, " That not to know at large of things remote " From use, obscure and subtle, but to know " That which before us lies in daily life, " Is the prime wisdom: what is more, is fume, 195 " Or emptiness, or fond impertinence; " And renders us, in things that most concern,
Side 95 - Him first, him last, him midst, and without end! " Fairest of stars! last in the train of night, " If better thou belong not to the dawn,— " Sure pledge of day, that crown'st the smiling morn " With thy bright circlet,—praise him in thy sphere, 170 " While day arises, that sweet hour of prime.
Side 87 - slunk;—all but the wakeful nightingale ; She, all night long, her amorous descant sung ; Silence was pleas'd: now glow'd the firmament 605 With living sapphires; Hesperus, that led 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.
Side 77 - slunk;—all but the wakeful nightingale ; She, all night long, her amorous descant sung; Silence was pleas'd: now glow'd the firmament 605 With living sapphires; Hesperus, that led 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.
Side 83 - Which way I fly is hell; myself am hell; " And, in the lowest deep, a lower deep " Still threatening to devour me, opens wide, " To which the hell I suffer seems a heaven. " O, then, at last relent! Is there no place 80 " Left for repentance ? none for pardon left ?— " None left, but by submission ! and that word
Side 10 - is its own place, and in itself 255 " Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven. " What matter where, if I be still the same, " And what I should be,—all but less than He | " Whom thunder hath made greater? Here at least " We shall be free ; th

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