Samson Agonistes and Shorter Poems
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This volume contains the principal English poems of Milton's youth and early manhood, most of the sonnets written during the Puritan Revolution, when he was chiefly engaged in arguing public questions in prose, and Samson Agonistes, published three years before his death. Includes "Comus," "Lycidas," "L'Allegro," "Il Penseroso," "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity," and other shorter poems. With an introduction by Editor A. E. Baker, this edition also contains a list of principal dates in the life of Milton and a selected bibliography.


John Milton was an English writer of poetry and prose during times of war, religious change and political upheaval in England. He is reknowned for his epic poem Paradise Lost.

strong>George H. Sabine - 1880-1961 - was a professor of philosophy, dean of the Graduate School and vice president of Cornell University


Introduction vii

Principal Dates in Milton’s Life xi

On the Morning of Christs Nativity 1

On the Shakespear 9

L’Allegro 10

Il Penseroso 15

Song: On May Morning 20

At a Solemn Musick 20

Lycidas 21

Sonnets 28

“O Nightingale, that on yon bloomy Spray” 28

“How soon hath Time the suttle theef of youth” 28

On the Detraction which Follow’d upon my Writing Certain Treatises 29

On the Lord Gen. Fairfax at the Siege of Colchester 29

To the Lord Generall Cromwell, May, 1652 30

To Sir Henry Vane the Younger 31

On the Late Massacher in Piemont 31

“When I consider how my light is spent” 32

“Lawrence of Vertuous Father Vertuous Son” 32

To Mr. Cyriack Skinner upon His Blindness 33

“Methought I saw my late espoused Saint” 33

On the New Forcers of Conscience under the Long Parliament 34

Comus, A Mask 35

Samson Agonistes 65

Selected Bibliography 113