Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, Etc

Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, Etc

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...nymph, with arrows keen, May trace huge forests, and unharbour'd heaths, Infamous hills, and sandy perilous wilds, Where, through the sacred rays of chastity, N o savage fierce, bandit, or mountaineer, Will dare to soil her virgin purity: Yea, there, where very desolation dwells, By grots and caverns shagg'd with horrid shades, She may pass on with unblench'd majesty, 430 Be it not done in pride, or in presumption. Some say, no evil thing that walks by night, In fog or fire, by lake or moorish fen, Blue meagre hag, or stubborn unlaid ghost That breaks his magic chains at curfew time, No goblin, or swart fairy of the mine, Hath hurtful power o'er true virginity. Do ye believe me yet, or shall I call Antiquity from the old schools of Greece, To testify the arms of chastity? 440 Hence had the huntress Dian her dread bow, Fair silver-shafted queen, for ever chaste, Wherewith she tamed the brinded lioness And spotted mountain-pard, but set at nought The frivolous bolt of Cupid; gods and men Fear'd her stern frown, and she was queen 0' the woods. "hat was that snaky-headed Gorgon shield That wise Minerva wore, unconquer'd virgin, Wherewith she freezed her foes to congeal'd stone, But rigid looks of chaste austerity, 450 And noble grace, that dash'd brute violence With sudden adoration and blank awe? So dear to Heaven is saintly chastity, That, when a soul is found sincerely so, A thousand liveried angels lacquey her, Driving far off each thing of sin and guilt; And, in clear dream and solemn vision, Tell her of things that no gross ear can hear; Till oft converse with heavenly habitants Begin to cast a beam on the outward shape, 450 The unpolluted temple of the mind, And turns it, by...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236886194
  • 9781236886194