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SONNETS :

1. To the Nightingale...............

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II. • Donna leggiadra il cui bel nome honora.'... 198
III. "Qual in colle aspro, al imbrunir di sera.' 199
Canzone

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IV. Diodati, e te'l dirò con maraviglia.'
V. Per certo i bei vostro occhi, Donna mia.' .. 201
VI. "Giovane piano, e simplicetto amante.' 201

VII. On his being arrived to the age of twenty-

three..........

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VIII. When the Assault was intended to the City 203
IX. To a virtuous young Lady...............
X. To the Lady Margaret Ley

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XI. On the detraction which followed upon my

writing certain Treatises

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XII. On the same ...........

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XIII. To Mr. H. Lawes on the publishing his Airs 206

XIV. On the Religious Memory of Mrs. Catharine

Thomson......

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XV. To the Lord General Fairfax

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XVI. To the Lord General Cromwell

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XVII. To Sir Henry Vane the younger

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XVIII. On the late Massacre in Piemont..

XIX. On his Blindness

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XX. To Mr. Lawrence

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XXI. To Cyriac Skinner

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XXII. To the same

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XXIII. On his deceased wife

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PSALMS

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Joannis Miltoni Londinensis Poemata ..

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ELEGIARUM LIBER :
I. Ad Carolum Deodatum

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JI. In obitum Præconis Academici Cantabri.
giensis

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Ill. In obitum Præsulis Wintoniensis

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IV. Ad Thomam Junium, &c.

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SONNET TO

CHARLES LORD BISHOP OF WINCHESTER

ON HIS PUBLICATION OF

MILTON DE DOCTRINA CHRISTIANA.

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As one whose footsteps by some ancient stream,
Tibur, or old Ilissus, chance upturn,
Of time forgotten, sculptur'd trunk or urn,
Work of the Phidian chisel, as may seem
Inimitable; straight as from a dream
Waketh, nor hasteneth onward, till he learn,
Wondering, each grace, each beauty :so did burn
My heart, when first by thee disclos'd, the gleam
It caught of Milton's page, by envious crime
Forgotten or deform’d. Oh! well hast thou
And fitliest, paid the debt, though late, that prime
And holy song1 requiting, by old time
Remember'd, which twin-lustre sheds e'en now
On thee and elder Winton's mitred brow.

J. M
Benhall, Nov. 1831.

See Miltoni Eleg. in Obitum Præs. Wintoniensis.

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On being requested to compose a brief Memoir of the Life of Milton, adapted to the edition to which it was to be attached, I naturally searched for information among the former biographers of the Poet.

Though the present Life is too contracted in its plan, and, perhaps, too slender in its materials, to pretend to rank among the laboured, and established biographies of Milton, yet I must observe that in the arrangement of the subject, in the opinions delivered, or the inferences drawn, it is dependent on none that has preceded it. I have consulted all the former writers for information, without copying them; 'and I have attended respectfully to their reasoning without servilely adhering to it. After being indebted to them for the necessary facts, and for occasional expressions, the remainder of the narrative has been the result of my own inquiries, and formed from the conclusions of my own judgment. To the poetry of Milton from my earliest youth down to the commencing autumn of my life, I have ever looked with a reverence and love not easily to be surpassed; for the sentiments adopted and avowed by him on the great and complicated questions of

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civil liberty and political rights, I have, as becomes my situation, and is suitable to the habits of my mind, expressed myself with that temperance of opinion and moderation of language which can alone expect to conciliate attention, or to command respect.

The account of Milton by his nephew Edward Philips,1 though less copious and instructive than might be expected, is interesting and valuable. It supplies us with many facts respecting the Poet's manner of life, his circumstances, and opinions. It was written by a person who had been educated in his youth by Milton, who had subsequently lived in habits of daily intimacy with him, and to whom Milton had mentioned

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facts relating to himself.

The biography by Toland was composed not

* E. Philips mentioned Milton's name in his Theatrum Poetarum, 1675. An. Wood, in 1691, gave an account of Milton in his Fast. Oxon, for A. D. 1635, part i. fol. 480, ed. Bliss. Langbaine also gave some mention of him in 1691. l'he Life of Milton in the Biographia Britannica (A. D. 1760,) was by Dr. Nicholls.

2 • I heard some particulars,' says Toland, ‘from a person that had been once hiş amanuensis, which were confirmed to me by his daughter, now dwelling in London, and by a letter written to me at my desire by his last wife, who is still alive. I perused the papers of one of his nephews, learned what I could in discourse with the other, and lastly consulted such of his acquaintance as, after the best inquiry, I was able to discover. Life, p. 9. Toland's Life was published in 1698 with Milton's prose works ; separately in 1699: and by Mr. T. Hollis in 1761.

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