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" But hail, thou goddess sage and holy, Hail, divinest Melancholy! Whose saintly visage is too bright To hit the sense of human sight... "
Spirit of the English Magazines - Page 335
1819
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The Sketcher

John Eagles - Drawing - 1856 - 397 pages
...uses the pearly atmosphere, but likewise dips her pencil in the clouds, and if there be anything " Whose saintly visage is too bright, To hit the sense of human sight," she therefore glazes them over — " To our weaker view O'erlaid with black, staid wisdom's hue." Pictor....
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English poetry, for use in the schools of the Collegiate institution ...

English poetry - 1857
...dreams, The fickle pensioners of Morpheus' train. But hail ! thou goddess sage and holy, Hail ! divinest Melancholy ! Whose saintly visage is too bright To...sense of human sight, And therefore to our weaker view O'erlaid with black, staid Wisdom's hue ; Black, but such as in esteem Prince Memnon's sister might...
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The Poetical Works of John Milton

John Milton - 1857 - 570 pages
...But hail thou goddess, sage and holy, Hail, divinest Melancholy, Whose saintly visage is too hright To hit the sense of human sight, And therefore to our weaker view, O'erlaid with black, staid wisdom's huo ; Black, but such as in esteem Prince Memnon's1 sister might...
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McGuffey's New Eclectic Speaker: Containing about Three Hundred Exercises ...

William Holmes McGuffey - Elocution - 1858 - 504 pages
...Or fill the fix-ed mind with all your toys I But hail, thou Goddess, sage and holy! Hail, divinest Melancholy ! Whose saintly visage is too bright, To...of human sight, And therefore to our weaker view, O'erlaid with black, staid wisdom's hue. Come, pensive nun, devout and pure, Sober, steadfast, and...
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Works, Volume 2

Leigh Hunt - English literature - 1859
...dreams, The fickle pensioners of Morpheus' train. But hail, thou Goddess, sage and holy, Hail, divinest Melancholy ! Whose saintly visage is too bright To...of human sight. And therefore, to our weaker view, (ferlaid with blade, staid wisdom's hue ; Black, but such as in esteem Prince Memnon's sister might...
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Beautiful poetry, selected by the ed. of The Critic, Volume 6

Beautiful poetry - 1859
...dreams The fickle pensioners of Morpheus' train. But hail, thou goddess, sage and holy, Hail, divinest melancholy, Whose saintly visage is too bright To...sense of human sight, And therefore to our weaker view O'erlaid with black, staid wisdom's hue ; Black, but such as in esteem Prince Memnon's sister might...
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Is There a Text in This Class?: The Authority of Interpretive Communities

Stanley Fish - Literary Criticism - 1980 - 394 pages
...of distinctions) we are pressured to make. That pressure is felt as soon as we hear, "Hail divinest Melancholy, / Whose Saintly visage is too bright / To hit the sense of human sight" (12—14). These lines turn on a paradox, and it is in the nature of a paradox that a reader who recognizes...
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Milton's English Poetry: Being Entries from A Milton Encyclopedia

John T. Shawcross - Poetry - 1986 - 248 pages
...spiritual truth that is too bright for the carnal eye: But hail thou Goddes, sage and holy, Hail divmest Melancholy, Whose Saintly visage is too bright To hit the Sense of human sight; And therfore to our weaker view, Ore laid with black staid Wisdoms hue. (11-16) And to counter the scandalous...
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The Columbia Granger's Dictionary of Poetry Quotations

Edith P. Hazen - Reference - 1992 - 1132 pages
...LiTB; NAEL-1; NAs; PoE; SeCePo; Son // Penseroso 15 But hail thou Goddess, sage and holy. Hail divinest hat rode sublime Upon the seraph-wings of Ecstasy...He saw: but blasted with excess of light, Closed hi O'erlaid with black, staid Wisdom's hue; (1. 1 1 -16) 16 Come pensive Nun, devout and pure, Sober,...
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The Mysteries of Paris and London

Richard Maxwell - Literary Criticism - 1992 - 415 pages
...eyes" [The Life and Art of Albrecht Diirer, 163]. Panofsky also cites Milton's // Penseroso: [His] saintly visage is too bright To hit the sense of human sight, And therefore to our weaker view O'erlaid with black, staid wisdom's hue. The background of Melencolia I has something of this quality...
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