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THE SHORTER POEMS

OF

JOHN MILTON

INCLUDING

THE TWO LATIN ELEGIES AND ITALIAN SONNET TO

DIODATI, AND THE EPITAPHIUM DAMONIS

ARRANGED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, WITII PREFACE,

INTRODUCTION, AND NOTES

BY

ANDREW J. GEORGE, M.A.

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH, HIGH SCHOOL, NEWTON, MASS.
EDITOR OF WORDSWORTH'S “PRELUDE,” “SELECT POEMS OF

ROBERT BURNS,” TENNYSON'S “Princess," ETC.

BURBANK

L. RIRY

New York
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD.

1898

All rights reserved

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To

DAVID MASSON, M.A., LL.D.

WHOSE COMPLETE AND SCHOLARLY WORKS

ON MILTON

HAVE WON THE ADMIRATION OF ALL

STUDENTS OF ENGLISH LETTERS

THIS EDITION

IS GRATEFULLY INSCRIBED

“AFTER I had for my first years, by the ceaseless diligence and care of iny father, (whom God recompense) been exercised to the tongues, and some sciences, as my age would suffer, by sundry masters and teachers, both at home and at the schools, it was found that whether aught was imposed me by them that had the overlooking, or betaken to of mine own choice in English or other tongue, prosing or versing, but chiefly by this latter, the style, by certain vital signs it had, was likely to live.

I began thus far to assent to an inward prompting which now grew daily upon me, that by labour and intent study, (which I take to be my portion in this life), joined with the strong propensity of nature, I might perhaps leave something so written to aftertimes as they should not willingly let it die. ... I applied myself to fix all the industry and art I could unite to the adorning of my native tongue.”

- The Reason of Church Government.

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