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" That from beneath the seat of Jove doth spring; Begin, and somewhat loudly sweep the string. Hence with denial vain, and coy excuse ; So may some gentle Muse With lucky words favour my destined urn ; And as he passes turn, And bid fair peace be to my... "
The Literary Magazine, and American Register - Page 202
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Paradise Lost

John Milton - 1874
...doth spring ; Begin, and somewhat loudly sweep the string. Hence with denial vain and coy excuse : So may some gentle Muse With lucky words favour my destined urn, 20 And as he passes turn, And bid fair peace be to my sable shroud ! For we were nursed upon the self-same...
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Cassell's illustrated readings, Volume 2; Volume 67

Cassell, ltd - 1875
...doth spring ; Begin, and somewhat loudly sweep the string ; Hence with denial vain, and coy excuse : So may some gentle Muse With lucky words favour my...passes, turn, And bid fair peace be to my sable shroud. For we were nursed upon the self-same hill, Fed the same flock, by fountain, shade, and rill. Together...
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Parnassus

Ralph Waldo Emerson - American poetry - 1875 - 534 pages
...the string. Hence with denial vain, and coy excuse; So may some gentle Muse With lucky words favor my destined urn, And as he passes turn, And bid fair peace be to my sable shrond. For we werp nurst upon the selfsame hill, Fed the same flock, by fountain, shade, and rill;...
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Milton, Poet of Exile

Louis Lohr Martz - Poetry - 1986 - 356 pages
...Hence with denial vain, and coy excuse, So may som gentle Muse With lucky words favour my destin'd Urn, And as he passes turn, And bid fair peace be to my sable shrowd. [18-22] It is a pagan consolation, in which the succession of poets passes by the funeral bier...
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Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation

John Guillory, Professor John Guillory - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 392 pages
...funeral. Gray ends his poem here, where Milton begins: So may some gentle Muse With lucky words favor my destined Urn And as he passes turn And bid fair peace be to my sable Shroud. Milton's solution to the problem of premature death is to place Lycidas at the threshold between life...
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Annoying the Victorians

James Russell Kincaid - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 271 pages
...on behalf of Lycidas, but for himself: "So may some gentle Muse/ With lucky words favor my destin'd urn,/ And as he passes turn,/ And bid fair peace be to my sable shroud" (11. 19-22). After imagining his own elegy, Milton proceeds to sing that elegy, or, more accurately,...
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Variety in Written English: Texts in Society : Societies in Text

Tony Bex - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1996 - 221 pages
...part of the meaning of his poem. The one that most obviously springs to mind is Milton's 'Lycidas': 3 So may some gentle Muse With lucky words favour my...passes turn And bid fair peace be to my sable shroud. (Milton, 'Lycidas') Milton's poem was written immediately prior to the civil war, and he too was contemplating...
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Milton: The life

William Riley Parker - Poets, English - 1996 - 1539 pages
...Jove doth spring, Begin, and somewhat loudly sweep the string. Hence with denial vain, and coy excuse; So may some gentle muse With lucky words favour my...passes, turn And bid fair peace be to my sable shroud. i 'm we were nursed upon the self-same hill, Fed the same flock, by fountain, shade, and rill. (15-24)...
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Sound and Form in Modern Poetry

Harvey Seymour Gross, Robert McDowell - Poetry - 1996 - 348 pages
...Hence with denial vain, and coy excuse; So may some gentle Muse With lucky words favor my destin'd urn, And as he passes turn, And bid fair peace be to my sable shroud. The corpse was bloodless, a botch of reds and whites, Its open, staring eyes Were lustreless dead-lights...
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The Classic Hundred Poems: All-time Favorites

William Harmon, Professor William Harmon - Poetry - 1998 - 360 pages
...Hence with denial vain, and coy excuse. So may some gentle Muse With lucky words favor my destin'd urn, And as he passes, turn And bid fair peace be to my sable shroud. For we were nurs'd upon the self-same hill, Fed the same flock, by fountain, shade and rill. Together...
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