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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
From Samson Agonistes

John Milton (1608–1674)
 
A LITTLE 1 onward lend thy guiding hand
To these dark steps, a little further on;
For yonder bank hath choice of Sun or shade;
There I am wont to sit, when any chance
Relieves me from my task of servile toyl,        5
Daily in the common Prison else enjoyn’d me,
Where I, a Prisoner chain’d, scarce freely draw
The air imprison’d also, close and damp,
Unwholsom draught: but here I feel amends,
The breath of Heav’n fresh-blowing, pure and sweet,        10
With day-spring born; here leave me to respire …
 
Note 1. Milton. The opening lines of ‘Samson Agonistes’. Milton was himself blind when he wrote this. [back]
 
 
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