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

John Milton (1608–1674)
  MANY 1 are the sayings of the wise,
In ancient and in modern books enroll’d,
Extolling patience as the truest fortitude,
And to the bearing well of all calamities,
All chances incident to man’s frail life,—        5
Consolatories writ
With studied argument, and much persuasion sought,
Lenient of grief and anxious thought;
But with th’ afflicted in his pangs their sound
Little prevails, or rather seems a tune        10
Harsh, and of dissonant mood from his complaint,
Unless he feel within
Some source of consolation from above,
Secret refreshings that repair his strength
And fainting spirits uphold.        15
  God of our fathers, what is Man!
That thou towards him with hand so various—
Or might I say contrarious—
Temper’st thy providence through his short course …
Note 1. Milton. From ‘Samson Agonistes’. 652. Original spelling and punctuation not kept. [back]

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