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" Those other two, equalled with me in fate So were I equalled with them in renown, Blind Thamyris, and blind Maeonides, And Tiresias and Phineus prophets old. Then feed on thoughts, that voluntary move Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful bird Sings darkling,... "
Paradise Lost: With Notes, Selected from Newton and Others, to which is ... - Page 74
by John Milton, Samuel Johnson - 1796
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Hogg's Instructor, Volumes 9-10

English literature - 1852
...him as the blind old man, equal in fate and renown with blind Thamyris and blind Mceonidcs, feeding on thoughts that voluntary move harmonious numbers,...and in shadiest covert hid tunes her nocturnal note ; one who . • thinks of Milton will find it a hard thing to believe that he is one aud the same with...
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THE POETICAL WORKS OF JOHN MILTON

REV. JOHN MITFORD. - 1853
...equal'd with me in fate, So were I equal'd with them in renown, Blind Thamyris and blind Mseonides, ss And Tiresias and Phineus prophets old. Then feed on...the year 40 Seasons return, but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach of even or morn, 25 quendi'dl drench' d. Benil. MS. 25 orbs] Val. Flacc....
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The Harvard Classics, Volume 4

Charles William Eliot - Literature - 1909
...equalled with me in fate, (So were I equalled with them in renown !) Blind Thamyris and blind Maconides, And Tiresias and Phineus, prophets old : Then feed...hid, Tunes her nocturnal note. Thus with the year Seasons return ; but not to me returns Day, •>- the sweet approach of even or morn, Or sight of vernal...
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The Visionary Company: A Reading of English Romantic Poetry

Harold Bloom - Literary Criticism - 1971 - 477 pages
...reflects on his own sightless eyes, Milton's thoughts turn to the nightingale singing in darkness: Then feed on thoughts, that voluntary move Harmonious...and in shadiest Covert hid Tunes her nocturnal note. How consciously Keats remembered this passage one cannot say, but it contains the whole kernel of the...
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Collected Essays, Papers, Etc, Volume 10

Robert Bridges - 282 pages
...exhibit how he broke up his fynes, will serve well: in Paradise Then feed on thoughts, that voluntarie move Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful Bird Sings...Covert hid Tunes her nocturnal Note. Thus with the year Seasons return, but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach ofEv'n or Morn. These fynes are gratly...
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A Critical History of English Literature: Shakespeare to Milton, Volume 2

David Daiches - 1979 - 289 pages
...equall'd with me in fate, So were I equall'd with them in renown, Blind Thamyris and blind Maeonides, And Tiresias and Phineus, prophets old. Then feed...covert hid Tunes her nocturnal note. Thus with the year Seasons return, but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach of ev'n or morn, Or sight of vernal...
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The Sacred Complex: On the Psychogenesis of Paradise Lost

William Kerrigan, John Milton - Literary Criticism - 1983 - 344 pages
...equall'd with me in Fate, So were I equall'd with them in renown, Blind Thamyris and blind Maeonides, And Tiresias and Phineus Prophets old. Then feed on...and in shadiest Covert hid Tunes her nocturnal Note. (21-40) The blindness of three of the poets and prophets listed was a punishment from the gods. Are...
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A Gust for Paradise: Milton's Eden and the Visual Arts

Diane Kelsey McColley - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 305 pages
...and morn "where the Muses haunt /Clear Spring, or shady Grove, or Sunny HUP (3.27-28), Then feed[s] on thoughts, that voluntary move Harmonious numbers;...and in shadiest Covert hid Tunes her nocturnal Note. (3.37-40) Eve sings her nocturn as she and Adam move hand in hand toward a bower whose "thickest covert...
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Restoration Literature: An Anthology

Paul Hammond - Literary Collections - 2002 - 437 pages
...equalled with me in fate, So were I equalled with them in renown, Blind Thamyris, and blind Maeonides, And Tiresias and Phineus prophets old.* Then feed...the year 40 Seasons return, but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach of even or morn, Or sight of vernal bloom, or summer's rose, Or flocks,...
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Literature and Dissent in Milton's England

Sharon Achinstein - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 302 pages
...Book Three of Paradise Lost, likewise sympathizes with that creature of darkness, the nightingale: "Then feed on thoughts, that voluntary move/ Harmonious...in shadiest Covert hid/ Tunes her nocturnal Note" (PL, 3:37-40), evoking the traditional figure of song, but also laying claim to a poetics of darkness....
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