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" And chiefly thou, O Spirit, that dost prefer Before all temples the upright heart and pure, Instruct me, for thou know'st; thou from the first Wast present, and, with mighty wings outspread, Dove-like sat'st brooding on the vast Abyss, And mad'st it pregnant... "
Paradise Lost, and the Fragment of a Commentary upon it by William Cowper - Page 4
by William Hayley - 1810
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Studies in English poetry [an anthology] with biogr. sketches and notes by J ...

Joseph Payne - 1859
...intends to soar Above the Aonian mount,6 while it pursues Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.6 And chiefly thou, O SPIRIT ! that dost prefer Before...first Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread, Dove-Eke, sat'st brooding7 on the vast abyss, And mad'st it pregnant : what in me is dark, Illumine...
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The Bibliotheca Sacra and Biblical Repository, Volume 17

1860
...aid fourteen years before, when meditating upon his immortal work, he had declared so necessary. " And chiefly Thou, O Spirit, that dost prefer Before...support ; That to the height of this great argument I^may assert eternal Providence And justify the ways of God to man." Bk. I. 1.17 26. It is not at...
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Melodious Guile: Fictive Pattern in Poetic Language

John Hollander - 1988 - 262 pages
...me, for Thou know'st; Thou from the first Was present, and with mighty wings outspread Dove-like sat brooding on the vast Abyss And mad'st it pregnant:...Illumine, what is low raise and support; That to the highth of this great Argument I may assert eternal Providence And justify the ways of God to men. [1-26]...
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Introduction to Early Modern English

Manfred Görlach - 1991 - 456 pages
...Instruct me, for Thou know'st; Thou from the first Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread 20 Dove-like satst brooding on the vast Abyss And mad'st...Illumine, what is low raise and support: That to the highth of this great Argument I may assert th'Eternal Providence 25 And justifie the wayes of God to...
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Integrity in Depth

John Beebe - 2005 - 165 pages
...Paradise Lost, where after a long preamble Milton finally beseeches a divine informer of conscience: . . . chiefly thou, O Spirit, that dost prefer Before all...outspread Dove-like sat'st brooding on the vast abyss And made it pregnant: what in me is dark Illumine, what is low raise and support; That to the highth of...
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Secret Mission to Melbourne, November, 1941

Sky Phillips - 1992 - 296 pages
..."Sometimes in Parliament, when a member rises to speak, I'm tempted to steal from Paradise Lost, and say, What in me is dark Illumine, what is low raise and...this great argument I may assert eternal Providence " Beaming, Professor Ind joined him in the next line: "And justify the ways of God to man!" As...
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Summoning: Ideas of the Covenant and Interpretive Theory

Ellen Spolsky - 1993 - 272 pages
...predating his own existence. And again Urania bears witness to that bond. That is one of her functions: Thou from the first Wast present, and with mighty...And mad'st it pregnant: what in me is dark Illumine. . . The "heavenly muse" who first inspired "that shepherd," that is to say Moses, to write a scripture...
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Creating States: Studies in the Performative Language of John Milton and ...

Angela Esterhammer - 1994 - 245 pages
...unattempted yet in Prose or Rhyme. And chiefly Thou O Spirit, that dost prefer Before all Temples th' upright heart and pure, Instruct me, for Thou know'st;...Illumine, what is low raise and support; That to the highth of this great Argument I may assert Eternal Providence, And justify the ways of God to men....
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The Gospel of John: Introduction, Exposition, Notes

F. F. Bruce - 1994 - 437 pages
...touching them'.51 We may recall John Milton's apostrophe of the Spirit at the beginning of Paradise Lost: Thou from the first Wast present, and with mighty...brooding on the vast Abyss And mad'st it pregnant. 1 133 'And I did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize in water - it was he who said to me, "The...
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The Melodramatic Imagination: Balzac, Henry James, Melodrama, and the Mode ...

Peter Brooks - 1995 - 235 pages
...More appropriate still might be Milton's invocation of the Holy Spirit in book 1 of Paradise Lost: "Thou from the first / Wast present, and with mighty...brooding on the vast Abyss / And mad'st it pregnant." The image of the dove and her action of grace, effected on Christmas Eve and producing in Densher what...
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