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SCRAPS FROM THE PROSE WRITINGS.
FROM "OF REFORMATION TOUCHING CHURCH DISCIPLINE IN ENGLAND," 1641.
[DANTE, Inferno, xix. 115.]
AH, Constantine, of how much ill was cause,
[PETRARCH, Sonnet 107.]
FOUNDED in chaste and humble poverty,
'Gainst them that raised thee dost thou lift thy horn,
[ARIOSTO, Orl. Fur. xxxiv. Stanz. 80.] THEN passed he to a flowery mountain green, Which once smelt sweet, now stinks as odiously: This was that gift (if you the truth will have) That Constantine to good Sylvestro gave.
FROM THE APOLOGY FOR SMECTYMNUUS,
[HORACE, Sat. i. 1, 24.]
LAUGHING to teach the truth
What hinders? as some teachers give to boys
[HORACE, Sat. i. 10, 14.]
JOKING decides great things
Stronglier and better oft than earnest can.
[SOPHOCLES, Electra, 624.]
'TIS you that say it, not I. You do the deeds, And your ungodly deeds find me the words.
FROM AREOPAGITICA, 1644.
[EURIPIDES, Supplices, 438.]
THIS is true liberty, when freeborn men,
FROM TETRACHORDON, 1645.
[HORACE, Epist. i. 16, 40.]
WHOM do we count a good man? Whom but he
FROM "THE TENURE OF KINGS AND MAGISTRATES," 1649.
[SENECA, Her. Fur. 922.]
THERE can be slain
No sacrifice to God more acceptable
FROM THE HISTORY OF BRITAIN, 1670.
[In Geoffrey of Monmouth the story is that Brutus the Trojan, wandering through the Mediterranean, and uncertain whither to go, arrived at a dispeopled island called Leogecia, where he found, in a ruined city, a temple and oracle of Diana. He consulted the oracle in certain Greek verses, of which Geoffrey gives a version in Latin elegiacs; and Milton translates these.]
GODDESS of Shades, and Huntress, who at will
[Sleeping before the altar of the Goddess, Brutus received from her, in vision, an answer to the above in Greek. Geoffrey quotes the traditional version of the same in Latin elegiacs, which Milton thus translates.]
BRUTUS, far to the west, in the ocean wide,
THE LATIN POEMS.
Separate Title-page in Edition of 1645:-"Joannis Miltoni Londinensis Poemata. Quorum pleraque intra annum ætatis vigesimum conscripsit. Nunc primum edita. Londini, Typis R. R. Prostant ad Insignia Principis, in Cœmeterio D. Pauli, apud Humphredum Moseley. 1645."
Separate Title-page in Edition of 1673 :— Same as above, word for word, as far as to Londini," inclusively; after which the rest runs thus: "Excudebat W. R. anno 1673."