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" But hail! thou Goddess sage and holy! Hail, divinest Melancholy! Whose saintly visage is too bright To hit the sense of human sight, And therefore to our weaker view O'erlaid with black, staid Wisdom's hue; Black, but such as in esteem Prince Memnon's... "
The beauties of English poetry, selected from the most esteemed authors, by ... - Page 56
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The Walk: Notes on a Romantic Image

Jeffrey Cane Robinson - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 144 pages
...with the music of the spheres Contemplation comes from Milton's penseroso figure: divinest Melancholy, Whose Saintly visage is too bright To hit the Sense...weaker view, O'erlaid with black, staid Wisdom's hue ' Poetry comes from the blackness, the dark pause between the shining moon of classical poetic inspiration...
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