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SCRAPS FROM THE PROSE WRITINGS.
FROM “OF REFORMATION TOUCHING CHURCH DISCIPLINE IN ENGLAND,” 1641.
[DANTE, Inferno, xix. 115.]
[PETRARCH, Sonnet 107.] FOUNDED in chaste and humble poverty, 'Gainst them that raised thee dost thou lift thy horn, Impudent whore? Where hast thou placed thy hope? In thy adulterers, or thy ill-got wealth ? Another Constantine comes not in haste.
[ARIOSTO, Orl. Fur. xxxiv. Stanz. 80.] THEN passed he to a flowery mountain green, Which once smelt sweet, now stinks as odiously : This was that gift (if you the truth will have) That Constantine to good Sylvestro gave.
FROM THE APOLOGY FOR SMECTYMNUUS,
[HORACE, Sat. i. I, 24.]
LAUGHING to teach the truth
[HORACE, Sat. i. 10, 14.]
JOKING decides great things
[SOPHOCLES, Electra, 624.] 'Tis you that say it, not I. You do the deeds, And your ungodly deeds find me the words.
FROM AREOPAGITICA, 1644.
[EURIPIDES, Supplices, 438.]
This is true liberty, when freeborn men,
FROM TETRACHORDON, 1645.
(HORACE, Epist. i. 16, 40.]
Whom do we count a good man? Whom but he
FROM "THE TENURE OF KINGS AND
[SENECA, Her. Fur. 922.]
THERE can be slain
FROM THE HISTORY OF BRITAIN, 1670.
[In Geoffrey of Monmouth the story is that Brutus the Trojan, wander
ing through the Mediterranean, and uncertain whither to go, arrived at a dispeopled island called Leogecia, where he found, in a ruined city, a temple and oracle of Diana. He consulted the oracle in certain Greek verses, of which Geoffrey gives a version in Latin elegiacs; and Milton translates these.]
GODDESS of Shades, and Huntress, who at will
[Sleeping before the altar of the Goddess, Brutus received from her, in
vision, an answer to the above in Greek. Geoffrey quotes the traditional version of the same in Latin elegiacs, which Milton thus translates.)
BRUTUS, far to the west, in the ocean wide,
THE LATIN POEMS.
Separate Title-page in Edition of 1645:-" Joannis Miltoni
Londinensis Poemata. Quorum pleraque intra annum ætatis vigesimum conscripsit. Nunc primum edita. Londini, Typis R. R. Prostant ad Insignia Principis, in Cæmeterio D. Pauli, apud Humphredum Moseley.
1645.” Separate Title-page in Edition of 1673 :-- Same as above,
word for word, as far as to “ Londini," inclusively ; after which the rest runs thus : “Excudebat W. R. anno 1673."