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are described as ed. 1, 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.



28 March, 1903.

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1678. Paradise Lost, ed. 3. 1680. Paradise Regained, ed. 2. Samson Agonistes, ed. 2.

1688. Paradise Lost, ed. 4.

Paradise Lost, ed. 8. Paradise Regained, Samson

Agonistes and Poems,

ed. 5.

Poems, ed. 4.

Paradise Lost, ed. 9.

Paradise Regained, Samson

Agonistes and Poems, ed. 5. Paradise Lost, ed. 10.

Poetical Works, ed. Tickell (ed. II of P. L.).

1725. Paradise Lost, ed. 12 (ed. Fenton).

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Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes and Poems, ed. 6. Paradise Lost, ed. 13. Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes and Poems, ed. 7. Paradise Lost, ed. 14. Paradise Lost, ed. Bentley. Meadowcourt, A Critique on Milton's Paradise Regain'd.

Pearce, Review of Bentley's edition.

Richardson, Explanatory notes and remarks on

Milton's Paradise Lost. Jortin, Remarks on Milton's Paradise Regained.

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of the Historical, Political, and Miscellaneous Works of John Milton. Dalton, Comus, a Mask: (Now adapted to the Stage).

1740. Peck, New Memoirs of the Life and Poetical Works of Milton. 1749. Paradise Lost, ed. Newton. 1752. Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes and Poems, ed. Newton.

1785. Minor Poems, ed. Warton. 1791. Minor Poems, ed. Warton, second edition.

1798. Comus, ed. Todd.


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Poetical Works, ed. Todd. Poetical Works, ed. Todd,


ed. 2.


Paradise Lost, ed. Verity. Sonnets, ed. Verity.

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Paradise Lost, ed. Rouse.

ed. 3.


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Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes and Poems, ed. Rouse.

Milton's Lyric and Dramatic Poems, ed. Sampson.


p. 567. In the notes on the titles of Sonnets I. and II., for "by Tickell" read "in 1713."

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