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" Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful bird Sings darkling, and in shadiest covert hid Tunes her nocturnal note. "
Poetical Works: Biography of Milton - Page 208
by John Milton - 1835
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Literature and Dissent in Milton's England

Sharon Achinstein - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 302 pages
...Book Three of Paradise Lost, likewise sympathizes with that creature of darkness, the nightingale: "Then feed on thoughts, that voluntary move/ Harmonious...in shadiest Covert hid/ Tunes her nocturnal Note" (PL, 3:37-40), evoking the traditional figure of song, but also laying claim to a poetics of darkness....
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Paradise Lost (Hughes Edition)

John Milton, Merritt Yerkes Hughes - Poetry - 2003 - 384 pages
...Conti says (Mythologiae VII, vi), chose long old age and blindness rather than a short and happy life. Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful Bird Sings darkling,...Covert hid Tunes her nocturnal Note. Thus with the Year 40 Seasons return, but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach of Ev'n or Morn, Or sight of vernal...
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The Satanic Epic

Neil Forsyth - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 382 pages
...is the nightingale, whose song has already been Milton's figure for his own inspiration at 3.38-40: "as the wakeful Bird / Sings darkling, and in shadiest Covert hid / Tunes her nocturnal Note". Roy Flannagan (RM, n. 21, p. 417) has a full and fine note on the nightingale, showing that the bird...
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Bartlett's Poems for Occasions

Geoffrey O'Brien, Billy Collins - Poetry - 2007 - 544 pages
...and blind Maeonides, And Tiresias and Phineus Prophets old. Then feed on thoughts, that voluntarie move Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful Bird Sings...with the Year Seasons return, but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach of Ev'n or Morn, Or sight of vernal bloom, or Summers Rose, Or flocks, or...
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Paradise Lost (Kastan Edition)

John Milton, David Scott Kastan - Poetry - 496 pages
...numbers" in Milton's prefatory note on the verse of PL (p. 5 above). wakeful bird: ie, the nightingale Sings darkling and, in shadiest covert hid, Tunes...with the year Seasons return, but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach of ev'n or morn, Or sight of vernal0 bloom or summer's rose, Or flocks,...
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The Routledge Dictionary of Literary Terms

Professor Peter Childs, Peter Childs, Roger Fowler - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 253 pages
...stressed vowel sounds (particularly long vowels and diphthongs) for euphonious effect (Paradise Lost, 3): Then feed on thoughts that voluntary move Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful bird. A further kind of variation is the breaking up of excessive regularity in parallelistic patterns, whether...
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William Wordsworth's The Prelude: A Casebook

Stephen Gill - Literary Collections - 2006 - 406 pages
...Davie — may create its significance by a momentary ambiguity: Then feed on thoughts, that voluntarie move Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful Bird Sings...and in shadiest Covert hid Tunes her nocturnal Note. (Paradise Lost, III, 37-40) of language comes out for instance in 'Then feed on thoughts, that voluntarie...
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Poetry and Ecology in the Age of Milton and Marvell

Diane Kelsey McColley - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 252 pages
...Milton invokes one in his first sonnet, and in the epic sings in his blindness and exile "Nightly," as "the wakeful bird / Sings darkling, and in shadiest covert hid / Tunes her nocturnal note"(3. 38-40). When Adam leads Eve to their nuptial bower, Adam says, "the amorous bird of night...
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