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CONTENT S.

CHAPTER I.

Birth of Milton-Character of the times-His family-Early education-Death of King James-Character of his courtPublic characters of Elizabeth's reign-Programme of Milton's travels–Juvenile poems_Death of a fair infant'-College verses-Rustication from college -- Retirement at HortonReturn to college-Epic poem of King Arthur'-Love of the the Theatre – Anticipations of · Paradise Lost' – Style of Milton's language . . . . . . .. page 1

CHAPTER II.

Critical account of Milton's college poetry–Hymn to the Nativity'-Its sublimity and originality-Johnson's neglect of this ode-Milton's lyrical ear-Latin poetry_' In Quintum Novembris'--In Obitum Præsulis Eliensis'--Naturam non pati senium' - Cowper's translation - Poem to his tutor . . . . . . . . . 14

CHAPTER III.

College poetry continued- Ad Patrem'-Cowper's translation-Elegy to Deodate-Deodate family-Latin epistles

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