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" When I was yet a child, no childish play To me was pleasing ; all my mind was set Serious to learn and know, and thence to do What might be public good; myself I thought Born to that end, born to promote all truth, All righteous things... "
Letters and Journals of Lord Byron: With Notices of His Life - Page 16
by George Gordon Byron Baron Byron - 1830 - 512 pages
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Paradise Regained

John Milton - Bible - 1925 - 80 pages
...and hear What from without comes often to my ears, 111 sorting with my present state compar'd. 200 When I was yet a child, no childish play To me was pleasing, all my mind was set Serious to learn and know, and thence to do What might be publick good ; my self...
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Poetical Works: Volume 2. Paradise Regain'd; Samson Agonistes; Poems Upon ...

John Milton - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 392 pages
...and hear What from without comes oft'n to my ears, 111 sorting with my present state compar'd. 200 When I was yet a child, no childish play To me was pleasing, all my mind was set Serious to learn and know, and thence to do What might be publick good; my self...
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The Harvard Classics, Volume 4

Charles William Eliot - Literature - 1909
...myself, and hear What from without comes often to my ears, 111 sorting with my present state compared ! When I was yet a child, no childish play To me was pleasing; all my mind was set Serious to learn and know, and thence to do, What might be public good; myself...
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A Variorum Commentary Of The Poems Of John Milton

Merritt Yerkes Hughes - Literary Criticism - 1975 - 379 pages
...Legouis and Cazamian, History of English Literature, tr. Irvine, p. 376; Tillyard, Milton, pp. 305-6. When I was yet a child, no childish play To me was pleasing, all my mind was set Serious to learn and know, and thence to do What might be publick good ; my self...
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The Sacred Complex: On the Psychogenesis of Paradise Lost

William Kerrigan, John Milton - Literary Criticism - 1983 - 344 pages
...emerge from pebbles and whatnots, the array of playthings. The fact that Christ petulantly claims, "When I was yet a child, no childish play / To me was pleasing, all my mind was set / Serious to learn and know" (1.201-203) alerts us to the possibility that our...
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Richard Crashaw

Thomas F. Healy - English poetry - 1986 - 161 pages
...Protestants. Milton, certainly, deliberately emphasized Christ's childhood as being a serious time: 'When I was yet a child, no childish play/ To me was pleasing', but Quarles's sentimentally celebrated Christ's childhood 21 . William Crashaw's objections are worth...
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Milton: The life

William Riley Parker - Poets, English - 1996 - 1539 pages
...find text to support these distortions. Had not Milton (or was it Christ ?) said in Paradise Regained: 'When I was yet a child, no childish play / To me was pleasing, all my mind was set / Serious to learn and know' ? And this being so, II Penseroso was obviously a...
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Divine Inspiration: The Life of Jesus in World Poetry

Robert Atwan, George Dardess, Peggy Rosenthal - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 580 pages
...myself, and hear What from without comes often to my ears, 111 sorting with my present state compar'd. When I was yet a child, no childish play To me was pleasing, all my mind was set Serious to learn and know, and thence to do What might be public good; myself I...
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Jesus in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia, Volume 1

James Leslie Houlden - Religion - 2003 - 984 pages
...mysterious calling in terms reminiscent of the poet's own accounts of his youthful sense of vocation: When I was yet a child, no childish play To me was pleasing, all my mind was set Serious to learn and know, and thence to do What might be public good. (PR I, 201-204)...
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