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" Those other two equalled with me in fate, So were I equalled with them in renown, Blind Thamyris and blind Maeonides, And Tiresias and Phineus, prophets old. Then feed on thoughts, that voluntary move Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful bird Sings darkling,... "
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Restoration Literature: An Anthology

Paul Hammond - Literary Collections - 2002 - 437 pages
...were I equalled with them in renown, Blind Thamyris, and blind Maeonides, And Tiresias and Phineus prophets old.* Then feed on thoughts, that voluntary...numbers; as the wakeful bird* Sings darkling, and in shadiest covert hid Tunes her nocturnal note. Thus with the year 40 Seasons return, but not to me returns...
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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...numbers; as the wakeful Bird/ Sings darkling, and in shadiest Covert hid/ Tunes her nocturnal Note" (PL, 3:37-40), evoking the traditional figure of song,...
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The Routledge Dictionary of Literary Terms

Peter Childs, Professor 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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Poetry and Ecology in the Age of Milton and Marvell

Diane Kelsey McColley - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 252 pages
...of visual beauty is expressed in poetry of much aural beauty as he laments his blindness but feeds on thoughts that voluntary move Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful bird Sings darkling, and in shadiest covert hid Tunes her nocturnal note. Thus with the year Seasons return, but not to me returns...
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