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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
Paradise Lost. vii. 24

John Milton (1608–1674)
.. MORE 1 safe I Sing with mortal voice, unchang’d
To hoarce or mute, though fall’n on evil dayes,
On evil dayes though fall’n, and evil tongues;
In darkness, and with dangers compast round,
And solitude; yet not alone, while thou        5
Visit’st my slumbers Nightly, or when Morn
Purples the East: still govern thou my Song,
Urania, and fit audience find, though few.
But drive farr off the barbarous dissonance
Of Bacchus and his Revellers, the Race        10
Of that wilde Rout that tore the Thracian Bard
In Rhodope, where Woods and Rocks had Eares
To rapture, till the savage clamor dround
Both Harp and Voice; nor could the Muse defend
Her Son. So fail not thou, who thee implores:        15
For thou art Heav’nlie, shee an empty dreame …
Note 1. Milton. Paradise Lost, vii. 24. [back]

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