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21. Cybele, one of the deities of Asia. 3. bestead, advantaged; assisted.
She was represented as wearing a 18. Milton's knowledge of Classic literature
crown designed like a battlement. is everywhere apparent. Memnon's 51. Thunder, here used for “lightning.” sister was named Hemera, and her 65. i.e., The Muses sing to the Fates. beauty might be reasonably argued The symbolism here is gathered from the fact that Memnon himself
from the final passages of Plato's was famous as the most handsome
Republic. soldier of his time.
97. Ladon, like Alpheus, was a river in 19. The allusion is to Cassiope.
Arcadia, and Lycaeus was a moun. 33. grain, colour, from the grain that
tain in the same region. Cyllene provided the dye.
was another mountain on the limit 78. removed, distant.
of Arcadia. It was supposed that 88. Hermes, i.e., Hermes Trismegistus, Pan was born on Lycaeus, and
King of Egypt, who was supposed Hermes on Cyllene. Erymanth to have been an authority on
and Maenalus are also Arcadiar. chemistry and physics.
mountains. unsphere, bring back to earth from 106. Syrinx was a nymph whom Pan purthe sphere he now inhabits.
sued. She was changed into a reed, 99. Alluding to the Oresteian Trilogy of and Pan, plucking the reed, formed Æschylus.
it into a fute. 110. Cambuscan, in Chaucer's Squire's Tale.
SONNETS. 123. Not elaborately adorned and with the hair dressed.
460. This sonnet was written after the 125. The Attic boy, i.e., Cephalus.
Battle of Edgehill, when Charles 156. pale, a secluded spot fenced off from
was marching upon London. the outside world.
II. Alexander, when he was about to de. L'ALLEGRO.
stroy Thebes, ordered that the house
of Pindar should be left untouched, 3. Stygian cave, i.e., a cave on the Styx,
to show his reverence for the poet. one of the rivers of Hell.
Emathion=Macedonian. 10. Cimmerian desert, the country of perpetual darkness.
461. Lady Margaret Ley was daughter of 40. unreproved pleasures, for “ pleasures
Sir James Ley, afterwards Earl of that ought not to be reproved.”
Marlborough 62. dighı, decorated. 80. Cynosura was the constellation of tne
5. The parliament was dissolved by
Charles on March 10, 1629.
8. The old man eloquent was Isocrates,
who starved himself to death for seamen steered their course by this constellation, hence its metaphorical
shame after the defeat of Chaeronea. use for anything upon which the eyes 461. Sonnet VI. Milton's Tetrachordon and the attention were eagerly fixed.
was a treatise dealing with divorce, 91. secure, free of care ; light-hearted.
expounding the scriptural passages 94. rebeck, a form of violin.
treating of marriage. He wrote it 136. The Lydian measure was the measure at the time when he was thinking of of romance and tender passion.
separating from his first wife, who
had left him. ARCADES.
462. Sonnet VIII. Henry Lawes of Salis. 20. Latona, wife to Jupiter, was banished bury set music to many of the poems to the floating island of Ortygia,
of Waller and Carew, and composed where she became the mother of
royal masques and the coronation Artemis and Apollo.
anthem of Charles II.
Paas 463. To the Lord General Fairfax. Son
net 1. This was written when Fairfax
was besieging Colchester. 464. Sonnet XI., line 6. The Darwen is a
213. Osiris, deity of the Nile. 244. harnest, in armour.
UPON THE CIRCUMCISION, page 512 10. heraldry is here used, not for the
pictorial art, but for the trumpets and proclamations of the angelic
heralds. 21. still transgress, continue frequently to
THE PASSION, page 513. 14. wight, creature; person. 26. Referring to Vida, who published at
Cremona, in 1535, his poem called
ON THE MARCHIONESS OF WINCHESTER. 516. This was the wife of the fifth Lord
Winchester, herself the daughter of
under an operation.
ON THE UNIVERSITY CARRIER. 519. This was Thomas Hobson, who used
to ply weekly between Cambridge and London. He was the origin of the expression “Hobson's choice," as he compelled every customer to take the steed which stood nearest to the stable door. He died on New-Year's Day, 1631, leaving a
fortune behind him. ON THE NEW FORCERS OF CONSCIENCE,
page 521. 8. A.S. stands for "Adam Stewart," who
stream near Preston. 464. Sonnet XII., line 4, i.e., Pyrrhus and
in 1655, ordered his Protestant sub-
of the people.
restored Alcestis to Admetus.
PARAPHRASE OF Ps. CXXXVI.,
page 494. 26. Erythraean main, i.c., the Red Sea. ON THE DEATH OF A FAIR INFANT,
page 498. 2. timeless, untimely. 8. Aquilo, the North Wind. 9. the Athenian damsel, Orithyia,
daughter of Erechtheus.
supposed to have left the Earth at
VACATION EXERCISE, page 501.
NATIVITY, page 504. 23. wisards, here used simply for “wise 33. gaudy, holiday. 59. awful, full of awe; affrighted. 123. weltring, rolling. 186. parting, for “ departing." 200. Ashtaroth, the Syrian equivalent of
tian deity, represented with ram's
bis, a god with the face of a dog.
wrote against the Independents. 12. Edwards wrote a tract called “Reason
against Independence and Tolera. tion.”
COMUS. This mask was written in 1634, as part of the ceremonies designed to celebrate the appointment of the Earl of Bridgwater as President of Wales. It was performed at Ludlow, at Michaelmas, 1634, and was first printed three years later.
7. pin-fold, sheep-fold. 116. À morrice dance was originally a
Moorish dance. 129. Cotytto, the Thracian goddess, whose
rites were of a wild and libidinous nature.
15. the sacred well, il., the Pierian
spring 36. Masson
identifies Damoetas with Chappell, the tutor of Christ's. 40. gadding, straying ; wandering. 66. meditate, practise. 96. Hippotades, i.e., Eolus, son of
Hippotes. 99. Panope, one of the Nereids. 103. i.e., of course, the river Cam. 124. scrannel, meagre; thin. 142. rathe, early. 158. monstrous world, i.e., world of mon186. uncouth, unknown.
139. nice, here used in its original sense of “ dainty"
" or fastidious.” 262. home-felt, i.e., felt very closely; felt at
heart. 293. swinkt, weary. 301. plighted, plaited; folded. 327. warranted, protected. 341. The allusion is to the legend that
Calisto, daughter of the King of
Lesser Bear. 367. unprincipld, uninstructed. 380. All to, i.e., altogether; completely. 393. The Hesperian apples, guarded by the
maidens called the Hesperides, were presented to Hera on her marriage by Ge, or the Earth. Hercules was given the task of
securing them as one of his labours. 430. unbleach't, “ fearless,” because with
out any touch of pallor. 531. croft, an enclosed field adjoining a
farm-house. 607. purchase, the thing he has stolen. 675. Nepenthes, a drug which banishes
Helen poured it into the cup of her husband Menelaus.
The wife of Thone, Polydamna. 707. budge, lambskin wool. 708. The allusion is to the tub of Diogenes. 719. hutcht, stored up. 760. bolt, sift. 791. i.e., sophistries which dazzle the
eye. 797. brute, insensate. 845. i.e., remedying the mischief done by
urchins. 984. crisped, curled. 995. purfl'd, fringed. 1017. corners, horns, from the Latin cornu.
BOOK I. 14. middle. The word here means “ of
middle class ; " " mean. 15. Aonia in Boeotia, the region frequented
by the Muses. 56. bale, sorrow; grief. 107. study, toil; endeavour. 117. empyreal, fiery. 186. afflicted, defeated. 232. Pelorus, the northern point of Sicily. 266. oblivious, that causes forgetfulness. 305. Orion. The constellation of Orion is
supposed, at its autumnal setting, to
cause stormy weather. 353. Rhene, i.e., the Rhine. 391. affrail, is here used in its proper sense
of “confront." 460. grunsel, threshold. 548. serried, set close together. 580. Uther's son, i.e., King Arthur of
Britain. 585. Biserta, a Tunisian town. 609. amerc't, punished by the infliction of a
fine. 690. admire, wonder at. 694. Babel is here explained as referring to
the Temple of Belus in Babylon. 717. Fretted, is here used in the sense of
“adorned.” 797. frequent, many in number; crowded.
BOOK II. 2. Ormus was one of the islands in the
Persian Gulf. 73. drench, a draught drunk. 306. Atlas was the giant who was supposed
to carry the earth on his shoulders. 330. deiermin'd, i.e., “ brought to a deter
LYCIDAS. This exquisite poem, “the high-water mark of English poetry and of Milton's own production,” as Mark Pattison called it, was dedicated to the memory of Edward King, Milton's contemporary, who was drowned on the way to Ireland on August 10, 1637. King was a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, and Lycidas was Milton's contribution to a volume of poems in memory of him, which his Cambridge friends collected and published in 1638. It was written in November, 1637.
» I ended.
439. unessential, having no essence ; in.
substantial. 513. horrent, used in its original Latin
sense of “ bristling.' 568. obdured, like obdurate, means “har
dened.” 595. frore, frozen. 693. conjurd, joined together in conspiracy. 715. fraught, laden. 813. dint, blow. 842. buxom, is here used in its original
sense of “pliant,” “yielding.' 939. Syrtis, quicksands on the north of
Africa. 964. Demogorgon, the first-born of the
gods, whose name was supposed in itself to be a thing of menace and terror.
BOOK III. 16. middle-darkness, the intervening dark
that separates heaven from hell. 25. The allusion is to the so-called gutta
serena, a disease of the optic nerve. 30. flow'ry brooks, Kedron and Siloam. 35. Thamyris, a Thracian bard. Maeon.
ides, Homer. 90. assay, attempt. 93. glozing, deceitful. 129. suggestion, temptation. 255. maugre, in spite of. French malgre. 328. doom, judgment. 438. Sericana, the country between Imaus
193. lewd, here used in its original sense of
ignorant laymen.” 250. amiable, lovable. 280. Abassin, Abyssinian. 478. platan, from platanus, the plane-tree. 493. unreprov’d, blameless. 703. emblem, is here used in its original
sense of “inlaid floor." 753. propriety, pr rty. 962. areed, advise. 971. 1.2., proud cherub, entrusted with the protection of the frontier.
BOOK V. 150. numerous verse, verse marked off into
feet. 214. pampered, full of leaves. 24.9. ardors, cherubim and seraphim. 349. The meaning is, that the shrub was
not set fire to so as to produce a
scent. 589. gonfalons, banners. 739. illustrate, here used for
66 render famous.” 906. retorted, hurled back in reply.
BOOK VI. 19. In procinct, i.e., girded for battle,
after the fashion of the Roman soi.
diery. 58. reluctant, here used in its Latin sense
of“ struggling.' 93. hosting, gathering together into a host. 101. idol, counterfeit presentment; image. 115. realty, royalty. 216. battle, here used for that which wages
battle, i.e., the army. 329. griding, cutting. 362. uncouth, unknown. 382. illaudable, not to be praised. 446. Nisroch, a deity of the people of
Nineveh. 496. cheer, face; countenance. 520. pernicious, here used in its classic
sense of “ quick," " hasty.”. 619. result, again a classic use for "re
bound. 766. bickering, skirmishing.
BOOK VII. 94. absolv'd, here means brought to a
of fame, threw himself into Ætna,
Hell, where the spirits of the right-
active. 643. succinct, belted.
BOOK IV. 11. wreak, avenge. 50. sdeind, disdained. 123. coucht, coupled with. 126. Assyrian mount, i.e., Niphates.
conclusion.” 162. inhabit lax, live about at large. 321. corny, i.e., laden with corn. 323. hair, for "foliage.' 402. scull, shoal.