The Prose Works of John Milton

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 - 372 pages
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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: OF DIVORCE; UBTOB1D TO THE GOOD OF BOTH SEXES, FROM THE BONDAGE OF CANON LAW, AND OTHBft MISTAKES. 10 THE TBUE MEANING OF 8CBIPTBBS IN THE LAV AND GOSPEL COMPARED. WHKBKIH ALSO ABB SET DOWN THE BAD CONSEQUENCES OF ABOLISHING, OB CONDEMNING A3 BIN, THAT WHICH THB LAW OF GOD ALLOWS, AND CHEIST ABOLISHED NOT. NOW THE SECOND TIME REVISED AND MUCH AUGMENTED. IN TWO BOOKS: TO THB PARLIAMENT OP ENGLAND WITH THE ASSEMBLY. Matth. xiii. 52. Every scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the master of m house, which bringeth out of his treasury things new and old. Pbov. xviii. 13. Hethat answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame onto him. Editor's Preliminary Remarks This great work on Divorce, with the three parasitical treatises, Tetrachor- don, The Opinions of Martin Bucer, and Colasterion, may he said nearly to exhaust all the philosophy and learning of the subject. Still it produced no sensible effect on the laws or manners of the country, the Roman catholic theory of marriage, namely, that it is a sacrament, having in reality prevailed ever since, though now at length repudiated by perhaps a majority of those who are able to think for themselves. Well, however, might Milton inveigh against custom. That which has been long established is usually invested by us with a sacred character; on which account we continue to submit to it, though conscious of the innumerable evils of which it may be the cause to us and others. In combating the received doctrines on divorce, he had to encounter more difficulties than at present beset us, since we generally content ourselves with investigating the reason of the matter, and trouble ourselves very little about authority. We have the advantage, however, of witnessing among our ne...

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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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