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" What recks it them? What need they? They are sped; And when they list, their lean and flashy songs Grate on their scrannel pipes of wretched straw; The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed, But swoln with wind and the rank mist they draw Rot inwardly,... "
The Poetical Works of John Milton - Page 464
by John Milton - 1857 - 570 pages
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The Poetical Works of John Milton: With Life

John Milton - Fore-edge painting - 1881 - 491 pages
...are sped ; And, when they list, their lean and flashy songs Grate on their serannel pipes of wretehed straw ; The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed,...-Besides what the grim wolf with privy paw Daily devours apaee, and nothing fed : But that two-handed engine at the door Stands ready to smite once, and smite...
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The poetical works of John Milton, with a life of the author by A. Chalmers ...

John Milton - 1881
...Grate on their scrannel pipes of wretched straw ; The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed, But swoln with wind, and the rank mist they draw, Rot inwardly,...nothing said; But that two-handed engine at the door 130 Stands ready to smite once, and smite no more. Return, Alpheus, the dread voice is past, That shrunk...
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Studies in English and American Literature, from Chaucer to the Present Time ...

Albert Newton Raub - American literature - 1882 - 468 pages
...songs (Irate on their scrannel pipes of wretched straw: The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed, 123 But, swollen with wind and the rank mist they draw,...nothing said. But that two-handed engine at the door 130 Stands ready to smite once, and smite no more. Return, Alpheus ; the dread voice is past That shrunk...
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English Language and Literary Criticism: English poetry

James Baldwin - English language - 1882
...places. The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed, But, swoln with wind and the rank mist they draw, Hot inwardly, and foul contagion spread: Besides what...door Stands ready to smite once, and smite no more. Then, by a skillful transition, the poet returns to his theme and to the level of his pastoral verse....
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Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry

Epes Sargent - American poetry - 1882 - 958 pages
...But, swoln with wind and the rank mist they draw, liot inwardly, and foul contagion spread ; Beside P Alphcus! the dread voice is past That shrunk thy streams. Return, Sicilian Must1, And call the vales,...
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John Milton: Introductions

Roy Daniells - Literary Criticism - 1973 - 343 pages
...Grate on their scrannel pipes of wretched straw, The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed, But swoll'n with wind, and the rank mist they draw, Rot inwardly,...door, Stands ready to smite once, and smite no more. Even lines as violently explicit as these draw power from the tact and balance of the poet : the pastoral...
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The Columbia Anthology of British Poetry

Carl R. Woodring, James Shapiro - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 891 pages
...Grate on their scrannel pipes of wretched straw. The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed, But swol'n with wind, and the rank mist they draw. Rot inwardly,...nothing said; But that two-handed engine at the door 130 Stands ready to smite once, and smite no more." Retum Alpheus, the dread voice is past That shrunk...
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Milton: The life

William Riley Parker - Poets, English - 1996 - 1539 pages
...What need they? They are sped; And when they list, their lean and flashy songs Grate on their scrannel pipes of wretched straw. The hungry sheep look up,...spread; Besides what the grim wolf with privy paw Dally devours apace, and nothmg said.s' (1 19-29) The violence of this indictment is signalled by 'Blind...
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Shakespeare, Milton and Eighteenth-Century Literary Editing: The Beginnings ...

Marcus Walsh - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 240 pages
...Paradise Lost, but in his lengthy note on the most famous and contested interpretative crux in Lycidas: Besides what the grim wolf with privy paw Daily devours...door, Stands ready to smite once, and smite no more. (Lycidas, 128-31) After explaining the 'grim wolf by invoking the parallel of Spenser's similar image...
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Pastoral Process: Spenser, Marvell, Milton

Susan Snyder - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 241 pages
...the anguish of time that comes through is delay. The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed, But swoln with wind, and the rank mist they draw, Rot inwardly,...with privy paw Daily devours apace, and nothing said. (125-29) How long must it go on before something is said, before the "corrupted clergy ... in their...
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