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Paradise lost (1910) PDF book by John Milton

Paradise lost (1910) by John Milton edited by A. W. Verity

Paradise lost (1910) by John Milton edited by A. W. Verity


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 I desire to repeat with emphasis the acknowledgement made in the earlier editions of my great indebtedness to previous editors. It is a pious pleasure to make special mention of the immortal labours of Todd and Masson; nor should Newton and Keightley be forgotten. 

An editor is powerless to estimate what he owes to them (above all, to Masson), and to others who have wrestled with the allusions of a poem that for its full elucidation would exhaust the last resources of scholarship. Some specific items, however, of my own obligations may be recorded here, while many instances are indicated in the course of The text is founded on that of Masson's "Globe" edition, but with a simpler system of punctuation, such as I thought might be in rather closer conformity with the original. Nearly all the biblical and classical references given in this volume have been pointed out by and taken from, other editors. 

 A large proportion of the Milton references had their origin in the Concordance to Milton's poems by the American student Cleveland, a work of immense labour and great accuracy which has never, I think, received its due. I may mention in passing that, to prevent misconception, I avoided consulting at all the Milton Lexicon published recently by another American student. On the other hand, 


I have used with much profit the scholarly and exhaustive dictionary of The Classical Mythology of Milton's English Poems, by Mr C. G. Osgood, one of those fine studies in English literature for which we have to thank the University of Yale. The extracts from the Milton . are quoted (without, of course, any modernisation) from the beautiful facsimile published by the University Press, under the editorship of the Vice-Master of Trinity College. 

The textual variations are shown so simply by the editor's very ingenious typographical arrangement that the work of collating is practically done away. The extracts from Milton's prose works are taken from the edition published in "Bonn's Standard Library." Apart from my general indebtedness to this edition, I must note that its footnotes are the source of many of my references to Milton's Christian Doctrine. All the translations of passages from Dante, and most of the Dante information, come from the editions of the "Temple" series. Except in a few specified cases, the passages are such as had struck me.
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