For the work it self I had view’d som good while before, with singular delight, having receiv’d it from our common Friend Mr.I have expressly sent this my Foot-boy to prevent your departure without som acknowledgement from me of the receipt of your obliging Letter, having myself through som busines, I know not how, neglected the ordinary conveyance.The Authors more peculiar excellency in these studies, was too well known to conceal his Papers, or to keep me from attempting to sollicit them from him.Let the event guide it self which way it will, I shall deserve of the age, by bringing into the Light as true a Birth, as the Muses have brought forth since our famous which receiv’d its first occasion of Birth from your Self, and others of your Noble Family, and much honour from your own Person in the performance, now returns again to make a finall Dedication of it self to you.But howsoever thy opinion is spent upon these, that incouragement I have already received from the most ingenious men in their clear and courteous entertainment of Mr.
If the question were put to me I should probably evade it by pointing out that Mr.
Take, for instance, such a line as the eleventh of l.
670, has ‘temper’st.’ The retention of the old system of punctuation may be less defensible, but I have retained it because it may now and then be of use in determining a point of syntax. But as we might expect under circumstances where a purist could not correct his own proofs, there are not a few inconsistencies.
It contains the shorter poems, Paradise Lost and Regained, and Samson Agonistes. This material is put online to further the educational goals of Liberty Fund, Inc. The most interesting portion of the book must be reckoned the first section of it, which reproduces for the first time the scarce small octavo of 1645.
Unless otherwise stated in the Copyright Information section above, this material may be used freely for educational and academic purposes. The only reprint of the in the old spelling, so far as I know, is the one edited by Mitford, but that followed the edition of 1673, which is comparatively uninteresting since it could not have had Milton’s oversight as it passed through the press.