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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,
FROM AREOPAGITICA, 1644.
FROM TETRACHORDON, 1645.
WHOM do we count a good man 2 Whom but he
FROM “THE TENURE OF KINGS AND MAGISTRATEs,” 1649.
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 Walk'st on the rolling sphere, and through the deep, On thy third reign, the Earth, look now, and tell What land, what seat of rest thou bidd'st me seek, What certain seat, where I may worship thee
For aye, with temples vowed, and virgin quires.
[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 7'itle-page in Æditiom 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 7itle-page in Editiom 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.”
JoANNES BAPTISTA MANSUS, MARCHIO VILLENSIS NEAPOLITANUS, AD JoANNEM MILTONIUM ANGLUM.
Ut mens, forma, decor, facies, mos, si pietas sic,
AD JoANNEM MILTON EM ANGLUM, TRIPLICI POESEos LAUREA CoRONANDUM, GRAECA NIMIRUM, LATINA, ATQUE HETRUscă, EPIGRAMMA JOANNIS SALSILLI ROMANI.
Cede, Meles; cedat depressā Mincius urnã;
At Thamesis victor cunctis ferat altior undas ;
AD JOANNEM MILTONUM.
Graecia Maeonidem, jactet sibi Roma Maronem ;
AL SIGNOR GIo. MILTONI, NOBILE INGLESE.
Ergimi all' Etra o Clio,
Non può del Tempo edace
Dell' Ocean profondo
Alla virtù sbandita