The Prose Works of John Milton

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 182 pages
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.... he heareth the word, and the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word. Secondly, obstinacy in error, or in a wrong purpose. Psal. xix. 13. keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me; then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Jer. ii. 35. behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned. Acts vii. 51. ye stiff-necked, and uucir- cumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost. CHAP. III.?Or THE VlBTUES BELONGING TO THE WORSHIP or God. Special virtues are those which pertain only to a particular branch of our duty; namely, to our duty towards God, or towards man. Oub Tjutt TOWiBDS God relates to His Immediate Woe- Ship or Seevice; which is either internal or external. Internal worship consists mainly in the acknowledgement of the one true God, and in the cultivation of devout affections towards him. Deut. vi. 4. hear, 0 Israel; Jehovah our God is one Jehovah; as in the first book, on God. Opposed to this is, first, atheism. Psal. xiv. 1. the fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. also liii. 1. See more on this subject in the first book, as above. Secondly, polytheism, or the acknowledgement of more gods than one, except in the sense authorised by Scripture itself. Gal. iv. 8. when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. DEVOUT AFFECTIONS TOWAEDS GOD are LOVE, TRUST, HOPE, GEATITUDE, FEAE, HUMILITY, PATIENCE, OBEDIENCE. Deut. x. 12, 13. what doth Jehovah thy God require of thee, but to fear Jehovah thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve Je...

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John Milton, English scholar and classical poet, is one of the major figures of Western literature. He was born in 1608 into a prosperous London family. By the age of 17, he was proficient in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Milton attended Cambridge University, earning a B.A. and an M.A. before secluding himself for five years to read, write and study on his own. It is believed that Milton read evertything that had been published in Latin, Greek, and English. He was considered one of the most educated men of his time. Milton also had a reputation as a radical. After his own wife left him early in their marriage, Milton published an unpopular treatise supporting divorce in the case of incompatibility. Milton was also a vocal supporter of Oliver Cromwell and worked for him. Milton's first work, Lycidas, an elegy on the death of a classmate, was published in 1632, and he had numerous works published in the ensuing years, including Pastoral and Areopagitica. His Christian epic poem, Paradise Lost, which traced humanity's fall from divine grace, appeared in 1667, assuring his place as one of the finest non-dramatic poet of the Renaissance Age. Milton went blind at the age of 43 from the incredible strain he placed on his eyes. Amazingly, Paradise Lost and his other major works, Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes, were composed after the lost of his sight. These major works were painstakingly and slowly dictated to secretaries. John Milton died in 1674.

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