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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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John Milton. (1608–1674) (continued)
 
2783
    O fairest flower! no sooner blown but blasted,
Soft silken primrose fading timelessly.
          Ode on the Death of a fair Infant, dying of a Cough.
2784
    Such as may make thee search the coffers round.
          At a Vacation Exercise. Line 31.
2785
    No war or battle’s sound
Was heard the world around.
          Hymn on Christ’s Nativity. Line 53.
2786
    Time will run back and fetch the age of gold.
          Hymn on Christ’s Nativity. Line 135.
2787
    Swinges the scaly horror of his folded tail.
          Hymn on Christ’s Nativity. Line 172.
2788
          The oracles are dumb,
      No voice or hideous hum
Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving.
      Apollo from his shrine
      Can no more divine,
With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving.
No nightly trance or breathed spell
Inspires the pale-eyed priest from the prophetic cell.
          Hymn on Christ’s Nativity. Line 173.
2789
    From haunted spring and dale
Edg’d with poplar pale
The parting genius is with sighing sent.
          Hymn on Christ’s Nativity. Line 184.
2790
    Peor and Baälim
Forsake their temples dim.
          Hymn on Christ’s Nativity. Line 197.
2791
    What needs my Shakespeare for his honour’d bones,—
The labour of an age in piled stones?
Or that his hallow’d relics should be hid
Under a star-y-pointing pyramid?
Dear son of memory, great heir of fame,
What need’st thou such weak witness of thy name?
          Epitaph on Shakespeare.
2792
    And so sepúlchred in such pomp dost lie,
That kings for such a tomb would wish to die.
          Epitaph on Shakespeare.
2793
    Thy liquid notes that close the eye of day. 1
          Sonnet to the Nightingale.
 
Note 1.
See Chaucer, Quotation 57. [back]
 

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