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" Those other two equalled with me in fate, So were I equalled with them in renown, Blind Thamyris and blind Maeonides, And Tiresias and Phineus prophets old; Then feed on thoughts, that voluntary move Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful bird Sings darkling,... "
Paradise lost, a poem. Pr. from the text of Tonson's correct ed. of 1711 - Page 66
by John Milton - 1801
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Poets of England and America: Being Selections from the Best Authors of Both ...

1853 - 472 pages
...me in fate, So were I equalled with them in renown, Blind Thamyris and blind Moeonides, And Tiresias and Phineus, prophets old : Then feed on thoughts,...covert hid Tunes her nocturnal note. Thus with the year Seasons return, but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach of even or morn, Or sight of vernal...
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The book of English poetry, with critical and biogr. sketches of the poets

English poetry - 1853
...in fate So were I equalled with them in renown, Blind Thamyris, and blind Mseonides, And Tiresias, and Phineus, prophets old : Then feed on thoughts,...hid, Tunes her nocturnal note. Thus with the year Seasons return ; but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach of even or morn, Or sight of vernal...
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The Harvard Classics, Volume 4

Charles William Eliot - 1909
...in fate, (So were I equalled with them in renown !) Blind Thamyris and blind Maconides, And Tiresias and Phineus, prophets old : Then feed on thoughts...hid, Tunes her nocturnal note. Thus with the year Seasons return ; but not to me returns Day, >- the sweet approach of even or morn, Or sight of vernal...
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The Visionary Company: A Reading of English Romantic Poetry

Harold Bloom - 1971 - 477 pages
...reflects on his own sightless eyes, Milton's thoughts turn to the nightingale singing in darkness: Then feed on thoughts, that voluntary move Harmonious...and in shadiest Covert hid Tunes her nocturnal note. How consciously Keats remembered this passage one cannot say, but it contains the whole kernel of the...
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Collected Essays, Papers, Etc, Volume 10

Robert Bridges
...exhibit how he broke up his fynes, will serve well: in Paradise Then feed on thoughts, that voluntarie move Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful Bird Sings...Covert hid Tunes her nocturnal Note. Thus with the year Seasons return, but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach ofEv'n or Morn. These fynes are gratly...
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A Critical History of English Literature: Shakespeare to Milton, Volume 2

David Daiches - 1979 - 289 pages
...me in fate, So were I equall'd with them in renown, Blind Thamyris and blind Maeonides, And Tiresias and Phineus, prophets old. Then feed on thoughts,...covert hid Tunes her nocturnal note. Thus with the year Seasons return, but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach of ev'n or morn, Or sight of vernal...
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The Sacred Complex: On the Psychogenesis of Paradise Lost

William Kerrigan, John Milton - 1983 - 344 pages
...me in Fate, So were I equall'd with them in renown, Blind Thamyris and blind Maeonides, And Tiresias and Phineus Prophets old. Then feed on thoughts, that...and in shadiest Covert hid Tunes her nocturnal Note. (21-40) The blindness of three of the poets and prophets listed was a punishment from the gods. Are...
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A Gust for Paradise: Milton's Eden and the Visual Arts

Diane Kelsey McColley - 1993 - 305 pages
...and morn "where the Muses haunt /Clear Spring, or shady Grove, or Sunny HUP (3.27-28), Then feed[s] on thoughts, that voluntary move Harmonious numbers;...and in shadiest Covert hid Tunes her nocturnal Note. (3.37-40) Eve sings her nocturn as she and Adam move hand in hand toward a bower whose "thickest covert...
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Restoration Literature: An Anthology

Paul Hammond - 2002 - 437 pages
...in fate, So were I equalled with them in renown, Blind Thamyris, and blind Maeonides, And Tiresias and Phineus prophets old.* Then feed on thoughts,...the year 40 Seasons return, but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach of even or morn, Or sight of vernal bloom, or summer's rose, Or flocks,...
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Literature and Dissent in Milton's England

Sharon Achinstein - 2003 - 302 pages
...Book Three of Paradise Lost, likewise sympathizes with that creature of darkness, the nightingale: "Then feed on thoughts, that voluntary move/ Harmonious...in shadiest Covert hid/ Tunes her nocturnal Note" (PL, 3:37-40), evoking the traditional figure of song, but also laying claim to a poetics of darkness....
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