The Life of John Milton

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 - 488 pages
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Ipse volens Phoebus se dispertire duobus, Altera dona mihi, dedit altera dona parent!; Dividuumque Deum genitorque puerque tenemus. Nor you affect to scorn the Aonian quire, Bless'd by their smiles and glowing with their fire. You! who by them inspired, with art profound Can wield the magic of proportion'd sound: Through thousand tones can teach the voice to stray; And wind to harmony its mazy way, ? Arion's tuneful heir: ?then wonder not A poet child should be by you begot. My kindred blood is warm with kindred flame; And the son treads his father's track to fame. Phoebus controlls us with a common sway; To you commends his lyre, ?to me his lay: Whole in each bosom makes his just abode, With child and sire the same, though varied God.? This must have been most acceptable; and yet, perhaps, more gratifying to the heart of a parent would be that effusion of filial affection with which the poem concludes. At tibi, chare pater, postquam non aequa merenti Posse referre datur, nee dona rependere factis, Sit memorasse satis, repetitaque munera grato Percensere animo, rida: que reponere menti. Et vos, O nostri, juvenilia carmina, lusus, Si moilo perpetuos sperare audebitis annos, Et domini superesse rogo, lucemque tueri, Nee spisso rapient oblivia nigra sub orco; Forsitan has laudes, decantatumque parentis Nomen, ad exemplum, sero, servabitis aevo. But since, dear sire, my gratitude can find For all your gifts no gifts of equal kind: Since my large heart my bounded fortunes wrong, ? Accept, for all, the record of my song: O, take the love, that strives to be expressed! O, take the thanks, that swell within my breast! chapter{Section 4And you, sweet triflings of my youthful state, If strains like you can hope a lasting d

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