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BEDFORD STREET, COVENT GARDEN.
Song II. "O'er the smooth en-
IIIVEZZI I. 367
SONNETS AND CANZONE.
To the Nightingale
On His being arrived at the Age of
When the Assault was intended to
To a Virtuous Young Lady.
To the Lady Margaret Ley
On the Detraction which followed
upon My Writing Certain Trea-
On the Same
To Mr. H. Lawes, on the Publishing
On the Religious Memory of Mrs.
To the Lord General Fairfax
To the Lord General Cromwell 486
To Sir Henry Vane the Younger
On the Late Massacre in Piedmont 487
On His Blindness
To Mr. Lawrence
To Cyriac Skinner
To the Same
On His Deceased Wife
MISCELLANEOUS POEM AND TRANSLATIONS
On the New Forcers of Conscience
under the Long Parliament 492
The Fifth Ode of Horace, Lib. I.
From Geoffrey of Monmouth
Psalm VI. Aug. 13, 1653
the Words of Chush the Benja-
tum Præconis Academici, Can-
532 Ad Salsillum, Poetam Romanum,
Eleg. III. Anno ætatis 17. In
Obitum Præsulis Wintoniensis 533 Mansus
Eleg. IV. Anno Ætatis 18. Ad
Thomam Junium præceptorem
Ad Joannem Rousium Oxoniensis
suum,apud mercatores Anglicos
Academia Bibliothecarium 579
PREFATORY MEMOIR OF MILTON.
The great epic Poet of England was born at a period of change and political agitation, which gave a variety of incident to his life not often found in those of students and writers.
John Milton was born December 9th, 1608, between six and seven in the morning, at the “Spread Eagle,” in Bread Street, Londonnot a tavern, as our non-antiquarian readers might suppose, but his father's own house, distinguished by the sign of his armorial bear. ings, as were the houses of even the nobility at that period, when dwellings were not numbered. 1
Milton was the son of John Milton, a gentleman by descent, whose ancestors had formerly possessed Milton, near Thame, in Oxfordshire; but this property they had forfeited during the Wars of the Roses, and the family had ceased to be Milton“ of that ilk' for more than a hundred years.
Milton's grandfather (also a John Milton), keeper of the forest of Shotover, was a bigoted Papist. He sent his son John to Christ Church, Oxford, for education, but the youth there imbibed the principles of the Reformation, and was consequently disinherited by his father.
Compelled to work for his living, John Milton adopted the profession of a Scrivener, which he practised at the "Spread Eagle," in Bread Street. He was a man of great ability, a classical scholar, and a good musician, and highly respected in his profession. He married Sarah Caston, the daughter of a Welsh gentleman. On December 9th, 1608, she became, as we have said, the mother of a son who was destined to immortalize the name of his parents.
We will here' let Milton speak of his own childhood :-“ My