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are described as ed. I, ed. 2, or ed. 3. The booksellers' reprints are denoted by the years in which they appeared. Other editions are described by the editor's name. Anonymous conjectures are denoted by Anon. conj., and if they are followed by a name in brackets it is the name of the editor by whom they are quoted. For convenience of reference I have added a list of editions and other authorities mentioned in the Notes.
The order of arrangement of the poems is as far as possible chronological.
I have now to express my thanks to those who have given me material assistance in my work to the Earl of Ellesmere for allowing me to collate the MS. of Comus now in the Library of Bridgewater House: to the Librarians of the University and College Libraries in Cambridge, of the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh, of the University Library, Glasgow, of Trinity College, Dublin, of John Rylands' Library, Manchester, of Dr Williams's Library, Gordon Square, to the President of Magdalen College, Oxford, to the Vice-Provost of Eton, to the Librarian of St Paul's School, to Professor Walter Raleigh, to the Librarians of the Lambeth and Sion College Libraries, and many others for the help they have rendered me in my hitherto fruitless search for one of the title-pages to the first edition of Paradise Lost. And while in addition I wish gratefully to acknowledge the large debt I owe to previous editors of Milton I desire to record my protest against the slipshod habit of some who say, "Modern editions read," which has cost me many an hour of unprofitable research.
WILLIAM ALDIS WRIGHT.
TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.
28 March, 1903.
1678. Paradise Lost, ed. 3. 1680. Paradise Regained, ed. 2. Samson Agonistes, ed. 2. 1688. Paradise Lost, ed. 4.
Paradise Regained, Samson
Agonistes and Poems, ed. 5.
Paradise Lost, ed. 10.
Poetical Works, ed. Tickell (ed. 11 of P. L.).
1725. Paradise Lost, ed. 12 (ed. Fenton).
1691. Paradise Lost, ed. 5 (Bently and Tonson).
1692. Paradise Lost, ed. 5 (Tonson).
1694. Letters of State, ed. Phillips.
1695. Paradise Lost, ed. 6.
Minor Poems, ed. 3.
Hume, Notes on Paradise
1699. The Life of Milton (by
1705. Paradise Lost, ed. 7.
Paradise Regained, ed. 4.
Paradise Regained, Samson
Pearce, Review of Bent-
1734. Richardson, Explanatory
notes and remarks on Milton's Paradise Lost. Jortin, Remarks on Milton's Paradise Regained.
1738. Paradise Lost, ed. 15.
Birch, Complete Collection
A PARAPHRASE ON PSALM CXIV.
This and the following Psalm were done by the Author at fifteen years old.
WHEN the blest seed of Terah's faithful son
After long toil their liberty had won,
And pass'd from Pharian fields to Canaan land,
Of Him that ever was and aye shall last,
LET us with a gladsome mind
Ever faithful, ever sure.
Let us blaze his name abroad,
O let us his praises tell,
Who with his miracles doth make
Who by his wisdom did create
The painted heavens so full of state;
Who did the solid earth ordain
To rise above the watery plain;
For his, etc.
Who, by his all-commanding might,
And caused the golden-tressed sun
All the day long his course to run;
The horned moon to shine by night
He, with his thunder-clasping hand,