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" Their gods ridiculous, and themselves past shame. Remove their swelling epithets, thick laid As varnish on a harlot's cheek, the rest, Thin sown with aught of profit or delight, Will far be found unworthy to compare With Sion's songs, to all true tastes... "
The English Journal of Education - Page 320
1847
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Psalm Culture and Early Modern English Literature

Hannibal Hamlin - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 289 pages
...own In Fable, Hymn, or Song, so personating Thir Gods ridiculous, and themselves past shame. Remove their swelling Epithets thick laid As varnish on a Harlot's cheek, the rest, Thin sown with aught of profit or delight, Will far be found unworthy to compare With Sion's songs, to all true tastes...
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Philosophy in the Ancient World: An Introduction

James A. Arieti - Philosophy - 2005 - 386 pages
...in Paradise Regained, John Milton has his character Christ reject Greek tragedy as useless: Remove their swelling epithets, thick laid As varnish on a harlot's cheek, the rest, Thin sown with aught of profit or delight, Will far be found unworthy to compare With Sion's songs, to all true tastes...
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Delirious Milton: The Fate of the Poet in Modernity

Gordon Teskey - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 214 pages
...Remove their swelling epithets thick-laid As varnish on a harlot's cheek, the rest, Thin-sown with aught of profit or delight, Will far be found unworthy to...songs, to all true tastes excelling, Where God is praised aright. ^Paradise Regained 4.343-348 Apologies are made along one of the following two lines:...
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On Eloquence

Denis Donoghue - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2008 - 208 pages
...philosophies of Pyrrho, Epicurus, and the Stoics in favor of the dear feast of Hebrew and the Psalms: Remove their swelling Epithets thick laid As varnish on a Harlot's cheek, the rest, Thin sown with aught of profit or delight, Will far be found unworthy to compare With Sion's songs, to all true tastes...
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