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Of Highest Wisdom brings about,
But unexpectedly returns,
And to his faithful champion hath in place
His uncontrollable intent.
His servants He, with new acquist
Of true experience from this great event,
CHRONOLOGY OF THE POEMS :
WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE EDITIONS OF 1645 AND 1673, AND OF THE CAMBRIDGE VOLUME OF MILTON MSS.
MILTON was a poet from his childhood. The earliest verses
of his that have been preserved, however, are his
PARAPHRASES ON PSALMS CXIV. AND CXXXVI.
These were done "at fifteen years old”—i.e. in 1624, when Milton was a boy at St. Paul's School in London, just finishing his course there, and preparing to go to College.
AT CAMBRIDGE: 1625-1632.
In February 1624-5, or when sixteen years and two months old, Milton was admitted at Christ's College, Cambridge; and he remained at Cambridge (constantly there in term-time, though spending the vacations in London or elsewhere) till July 1632, when he left the University, as Master of Arts and with the highest distinction, at the age of twenty-three years and seven months. These seven years of his residence at Cambridge were a period of considerable literary activity. Besides four of his Latin familiar Epistles, one English letter to a friend, and seven Latin academic