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" Daughters, but by devout prayer to that Eternal Spirit who can enrich with all utterance and knowledge, and sends out his seraphim with the hallowed fire of his altar to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases. "
Poetical Works: Biography of Milton - Page 210
by John Milton - 1835
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Spokesperson Milton: Voices in Contemporary Criticism

Charles W. Durham, Kristin Pruitt McColgan - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 284 pages
...man, in his own magnificent phrase, of "devout prayer to that Eternal Spirit that can enrich withal utterance and knowledge, and sends out his Seraphim...to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases." And finally, the Milton of poetry is, in his own words again, the man of "industrious and select reading."...
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Creating States: Studies in the Performative Language of John Milton and ...

Angela Esterhammer - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 245 pages
...that held his interest in 'the heat of youth,' Milton appeals instead by devout prayer to that etemall Spirit who can enrich with all utterance and knowledge, and sends out his Seraphim with the hallow'd fire of his Altar to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases ... (CPW1:820-1) The New...
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John Milton: 1628-1731, Volume 1; Volumes 1628-1731

John T. Shawcross - 1995 - 439 pages
...some vulgar Amorist, or the trencher fury of a riming parasite, nor to be obtain'd by the invocation of Dame Memory and her Siren daughters, but by devout prayer to that eternall Spirit who can enrich with all utterance and knowledge, and sends out his Seraphim with the...
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Speak Silence: Rhetoric and Culture in Blake's Poetical Sketches

Mark L. Greenberg - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 221 pages
...some vulgar amorist, or the trencher fury of a riming parasite, nor to be obtained by the invocation of Dame Memory and her Siren daughters, but by devout...altar, to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases" (671), that claim is not made good in his poetry until Paradise Regained. There, Milton petitions for...
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The Romantic Reformation: Religious Politics in English Literature, 1789-1824

Robert M. Ryan, Robert Michael Ryan - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 292 pages
...religious controversy as in the composition of poetry. Since literary genius is the gift of "that eternall Spirit who can enrich with all utterance and knowledge,...to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases," the divine calling of the poet provides credentials at least as legitimate as those bestowed by canonical...
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The Picturesque and the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape

Susan Glickman - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 212 pages
...Reason of Church Government (1621), says that his poetry is inspired "by devout prayer to that eternali Spirit who can enrich with all utterance and knowledge, and sends out his Seraphim with the hallow'd fire of his Altar to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases." See Milton's Selected...
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Faultlines: Cultural Materialism and the Politics of Dissident Reading

Alan Sinfield - English literature - 1992 - 365 pages
...logic of divine poetry more compelling: he contemplates a work not "to be obtained by the invocation of Dame Memory and her siren daughters, but by devout prayer to that eternal Spirit."78 In Paradise Regained (1671), Milton adds a fourth temptation to the biblical account of...
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The Rhetoric of Romantic Prophecy

Ian Balfour - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 346 pages
...some vulgar amorist, or the trencher fury of a riming parasite, nor to be obtained by the invocation of Dame Memory and her Siren daughters, but by devout prayer to that Eternal Spirit who can enrich all utterance and knowledge, and sends out his seraphim with the hallowed fire of his altar, to touch...
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The Major Works

John Milton - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 966 pages
...some vulgar amorist, or the trencher fury0 of a rhyming parasite, nor to be obtained by the invocation of Dame Memory and her siren daughters, but by devout...sends out his seraphim with the hallowed fire of his altar0 to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases; to this must be added industrious and select...
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Northrop Frye's Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake

Northrop Frye - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 516 pages
...to this in Milton, that poetry is not "to be obtain'd by the Invocation of Dame Memory and her Syren daughters, but by Devout prayer to that Eternal Spirit,...who can enrich with all utterance and knowledge." This is another of the passages in which the Holy Spirit is associated with art, and was quoted by...
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