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" But hail, thou goddess sage and holy, Hail, divinest Melancholy! Whose saintly visage is too bright To hit the sense of human sight... "
Lectures on the Dramatic Literature of the Age of Elizabeth: Delivered at ... - Page 225
by William Hazlitt - 1821 - 356 pages
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The Golden Age of Myth & Legend

Thomas Bulfinch - Social Science - 1993 - 495 pages
...alludes to this story in his Penseroso, where he addresses Melancholy as the goddess, sage and holy, Whose saintly visage is too bright To hit the sense of human sight, And, therefore, to our weaker view O'erlaid with black, staid Wisdom's hue. Black, but such as in esteem...
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Solitude: A Philosophical Encounter

Philip Koch - Philosophy - 1994 - 375 pages
...Melancholy ,/Of Cerberus and blackest Midnight born," but "II Penseroso" exclaims, "Hail, divines) Melancholy!/ Whose saintly visage is too bright/ To hit the sense of human sight." (Both poems are found in Spencer, op. cit., pp. 556-60) 32. Cited in Vickers, op. cit., p. xiv. 33....
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Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - Reference - 1998 - 669 pages
...7/ Penseroso' As thick and numberless As the gay motes that people the sunbeams. 7496 'II Penseroso' Hail, divinest Melancholy, Whose saintly visage is too bright To hit the sense of human sight; And therefore to our weaker view, O'erlaid with black staid wisdom's hue. 7497 71 Penseroso' Come,...
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The Origins of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots

Joseph Twadell Shipley - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2001 - 636 pages
...forlorn, Mongst horrid shapes, and shrieks, and sights unholy. -Milton, /, 'Allegro ( 1 63 1 ) Hail, thou goddess sage and holy, Hail, divinest Melancholy!...visage is too bright To hit the sense of human sight, And therefore to our weaker view O'erlaid with black, staid Wisdom's hue. -Milton, // Penseroso (1631)...
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English Lyric Poetry: The Early Seventeenth Century

Jonathan F. S. Post - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 323 pages
...bitth With two sistet Gmces mote To lvy-ctowned Bacchas bote; ("L'Allegto," 11. 11-16) But hail thou Goddess, sage and holy. Hail divinest Melancholy, Whose Saintly visage is too btight To hit the Sense of hurnan sight; And thetefote to out weaket view, O'etlaid with hlack, staid...
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Complete Poems and Major Prose

John Milton - Poetry - 2003 - 1059 pages
...the Sunbeams, Or likest hovering dreams, The fickle Pensioners of Morpheus' train. 10 But hail thou Goddess, sage and holy, Hail divinest Melancholy,...visage is too bright To hit the Sense of human sight; And therefore to our weaker view, 15 O'erlaid with black, staid Wisdom's hue. Black, but such as in...
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The Major Works

John Milton - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 966 pages
...the sunbeams, Or tikest hovering dreams The fickle pensioners of Morpheus' train.0 10 But hail thou goddess, sage and holy, Hail divinest Melancholy,...saintly visage is too bright To hit the sense of human sight;0 And therefore to our weaker view, O'erlaid with black staid wisdom's hue.0 Black, but such...
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Freedom on My Mind: The Columbia Documentary History of the African American ...

Manning Marable - History - 2003 - 640 pages
...worship womankind studiously forgets its darker sisters. They seem in a sense to typify that veiled Melancholy: Whose saintly visage is too bright To hit the sense of human sight, And, therefore, to our weaker view O'er-laid with black. Yet the world must heed these daughters of...
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Tripletree

Derek Wilson - Fiction - 2004 - 272 pages
...nestled her chin into the fur collar. Strolling beside her, Kathryn Gye recited pensively, 'Hail thou goddess sage and holy, Hail divinest Melancholy, Whose...visage is too bright To hit the sense of human sight, And therefore to our weaker view O'erlaid with black, staid Wisdom's hue.' 'Milton?' June asked. 'Yes,...
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The Walk: Notes on a Romantic Image

Jeffrey Cane Robinson, Roger Gilbert - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 144 pages
...for direct commerce with the music of the spheres Contemplation comes from Milton's penseroso figure: divinest Melancholy, Whose Saintly visage is too bright To hit the Sense of human sight, And therefore to our weaker view, O'erlaid with black, staid Wisdom's hue ' Poetry comes from the blackness,...
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