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PREFACE.

THE TEXT of the Poems in this edition will, it is hoped, be found very accurate, having been carefully prepared by the Editor for the larger Library Edition, called "The Cambridge Edition," in three volumes 8vo. The INTRODUCTIONS are, with some revision, the same as those given in "The Golden Treasury Edition" in two volumes 18mo., and are an adaptation of the more extensive editorial matter of "The Cambridge Edition." Their purpose is to elucidate the circumstances, motives, and intention, of each of the Poems individually; they contain, therefore, a great deal of such information as is usually referred to Notes; and, if read in their chronological order, they will be found to supply also, after their fashion, a continuous and rather minute Literary Biography of the Poet. I regret that the wording of the Introduction to Sonnet XXIII. no longer corresponds with fact. When that paragraph was written, the house No. 19 York Street, Westminster, so interesting as having been Milton's residence from 1652 to 1660, was still in existence, as there described; but, when I was last on the spot, only the ruined shell was left, and that too, I hear, is now demolished.

EDINBURGH: March 1877

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PARADISE LOST :

INTRODUCTION:

1. Earliest Editions of the Poem.

II. Origin of the Poem and History of its Composition

III. Scheme and Meaning of the Poem.

Commendatory Verses, prefixed to the Second Edition
"The Verse"

Author's Preface on

CONTENTS.

TEXT OF THE POEM:
Book I.

Book II.

Book III.

Book IV.

Book V.

Book VI.

Book VII.

Book VIII

Book IX.

Book X.

Book XI.

Book XII.

PARADISE REGAINED:

INTRODUCTION

TEXT OF THE POEM.

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Book III.

Book IV.

SAMSON AGONISTES.

INTRODUCTION

The Author's Preface: "Of that sort of Dramatic Poem called

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Tragedy"

The Argument, and the Persons

TEXT OF THE POEM

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MINOR POEMS :-

GENERAL INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTIONS TO THE POEMS SEVERALLY :—

Part I.—Introductions to the English Poems
Part II.-Introductions to the Latin Poems
Moseley's Preface to the Edition of 1645

TEXT OF THE POEMS.

Part I.-The English Poems :

Paraphrases on Psalms CXIV and CXXXVI

On the Death of a Fair Infant dying of a Cough
At a Vacation Exercise in the College

On the Morning of Christ's Nativity

Upon the Circumcision.

The Passion

On Time

At a Solemn Music

Song on May Morning.

On Shakespeare

On the University Carrier .

Another on the Same

An Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchester

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Comus; a Masque presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634:.
Lawes's Dedication of the Edition of 1637 .
Sir Henry Wotton's Commendatory Letter of 1638.

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SAMSON AGONISTES

INTRODUCTION

The Author's Preface: "Of that sort of Dramatic Poem called Tragedy"

The Argument, and the Persons

TEXT OF THE POEM

MINOR POEMS:

GENERAL INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTIONS TO THE POEMS SEVERALLY:

Part I.-Introductions to the English Poems .

Part II.-Introductions to the Latin Poems

Moseley's Preface to the Edition of 1645

TEXT OF THE POEMS.

Part I.-The English Poems :

Paraphrases on Psalms CXIV and CXXXVI

On the Death of a Fair Infant dying of a Cough

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At a Vacation Exercise in the College

On the Morning of Christ's Nativity
Upon the Circumcision.

The Passion

On Time

At a Solemn Music .

Song on May Morning

On Shakespeare

On the University Carrier.

Another on the Same

An Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchester

L'Allegro

Al Penseroso
-Arcades

Comus; a Masque presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634:.
Lawes's Dedication of the Edition of 1637.

Sir Henry Wotton's Commendatory Letter of 1638.

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Thomson
Sonnet XV. On the Lord General Fairfax
Sonnet XVI. To the Lord General Cromwell

Sonnet XVII. To Sir Henry Vane the Younger
Sonnet XVIII. On the late Massacre in Piedmont .
Sonnet XIX. On His Blindness.

Sonnet XX. To Mr. Lawrence

Sonnet XXI. To Cyriack Skinner .

Sonnet XXII. To the Same .

Sonnet XXIII. To the Memory of his Second Wife

Translations.

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Sonnet IX. To a Lady.

Sonnet X. To the Lady Margaret Ley

Sonnet XI. On the Detraction which followed upon my writing certain Treatises

Sonnet XII. On the Same.

On the New Forcers of Conscience

Sonnet XIII. To Mr. H. Lawes on His Airs

Sonnet XIV.

The Fifth Ode of Horace, Lib. I.

Nine of the Psalms done into Metre, 1648 Psalm LXXX. .

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On the Religious Memory of Mrs. Catherine

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