The Poetical Works of John Milton: With Translations of the Italian, Latin and Greek Poems from the Columbia University Edition

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COMMENDATORY VERSES, .
PREFIXED TO THE SECOND EDITION

IN PARADISUM AMISSAM SUMMI POET Æ JOHANNIS MILTONI.

QUI legis Amissam Paradisum, grandia magni
Carmina Miltoni, quid nisi cuncta legis
?

Res cunctas, et cunctarum primordia rerum,
Et fata, et fines, continet iste liber
.

Intima panduntur magni penetralia Mundi,
Scribitur et toto quicquid in Orbe latet
;

Terræque, tractusque maris, cœlumque profundum,
Sulphureumque Erebi flammivomumque specus
;

Quæque colunt terras, pontumque, et Tartara cæca,
Quæque colunt summi lucida regna poli
;

Et quodcunque ullis conclusum est finibus usquam;
Et sine fine Chaos, et sine fine Deus
;

Et sine fine magis, si quid magis est sine fine,
In Christo erga homines conciliatus amor
.

Hæc qui speraret quis crederet esse futurum?
Et tamen hæc bodie terra Britanna legit
.

O quantos in bella duces, quæ protulit arma!
Quæ canit, et quantâ prælia dira tubâ
!

Cœlestes acies, atque in certamine Cœlum!
Et quæ cœlestes pugna deceret agros
!

Quantus in aelig;theriis tollit se Lucifer armis,
Atque ipso graditur vix Michaele minor
!

Quantis et quam funestis concurritur iris,
Dura ferus hic stellas protegit, ille rapit
!

Dum vulsos montes ceu tela reciproca torquent,
Et non mortali desuper igne pluunt
,

Stat dubius cui se parti concedat Olympus,
Et metuit pugnæ non superesse suæ
.

At simul in cœlis Messiæ insignia fulgent,
Et currus animes, armaque digna Deo
,

Horrendumque rotæ strident, et sæva rotarum
Erumpunt torvis fulgura luminibus
,

Et flammæ vibrant, et vera tonitrua rauco Admistis flammis insonuere polo,

-37-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface. v
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction 1
  • Commendatory Verses, - Prefixed to the Second Edition 37
  • The Verse. 41
  • Paradise Regained. 281
  • Introduction To Paradise Regained. 283
  • Samson Agonistes. 341
  • Introduction To Samson Agonistes. 343
  • Of That Sort of Dramatic Poem Called Tragedy. 353
  • The Argument. 355
  • Samson Agonistes. 357
  • Introduction To the Minor Poems. 395
  • Poems: - English and Latin, With a Few in Italian and Greek. Composed at Several Times. 473
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