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Macaulay's Essay on Milton . Macaulay's Lays of Ancient Rome . Macaulay's Life of Samuel Johnson . Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur . Milton's Minor Poems . Milton's Paradise Lost , Books I and II . Old English Ballads .
Adam Smith says : “ Gray joins to the sublimity of Milton the elegance and harmony of Pope ; and nothing is wanting to render him , perhaps , the first poet in the English language , but to have written a little more .
Twas Milton struck the deep - toned shell , And , as the choral warblings round him swell , Meek Newton's selfo bends from his state sublime , And nods his hoary head , and listens to the rhyme . 20 25 III .
Then Milton had indeed a poet's charms : New to my taste , his Paradise surpassed The struggling efforts of my boyish tongue To speak its excellence . I danced for joy . I marvelled much that , at so ripe an age As twice seven years ...
MILTON , Paradise Lost , Bk . VII , II . 443–444 . “ The cock that is the trumpet of the morn Doth with his lofty and shrill - sounding throat Awake the god of day . ” SHAKESPEARE , Hamlet , Act I , Sc . I , 11. 148–151 . 20.
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Reprint of what may once have been one of the most familiar poems in English from the 18th century. At a time when few could read in England, one of its most educated sons, and the companion of Horace ... Read full review