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" Return Alpheus, the dread voice is past, That shrunk thy streams; return Sicilian Muse, And call the Vales, and bid them hither cast Their Bells, and Flowerets of a thousand hues. Ye valleys low, where the mild whispers use, Of shades and wanton winds,... "
The Genius and Character of Burns - Page 131
by John Wilson - 1845 - 222 pages
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The Monthly Christian Spectator. 1851-1859

Religion - 1857
...that they grow not out of course.' And, by the side of this prose, place one passage from Milton : — 'Ye valleys low, where the mild whispers use Of shades...winds, and gushing brooks, On whose fresh lap the swart star sparely looks, Tlirow hither all your quaint enamelled eyes, That on the green turf suck...
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Compendium of English Literature: Chronologically Arranged, from Sir John ...

Charles Dexter Cleveland - English literature - 1848 - 776 pages
...to smite once, and smite no more. Return, Alphcus; the dread voice is past That shrunk thy streams; return, Sicilian Muse, And call the vales, and bid...cast Their bells and flowerets of a thousand hues. 133 Ye valleys low, where the mild whispers use Of shades, and wanton winds, and gushing brooks, On...
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The Beautiful in Nature, Art, and Life, Volume 1

Andrew James Symington - Aesthetics - 1857
...Two years later he composed "The Seasons," full of beautiful musical episodes, and sweet visions of " Valleys low where the mild whispers use, Of shades, and wanton winds, and gushing brooks." There are few finer passages than that in which we have the calming and dying away of a thunder-storm....
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Milton, Poet of Exile

Louis Lohr Martz - Poetry - 1986 - 356 pages
...drops back to the mode of pastoral: Return Alpheus, the dread voice is past, That shrunk thy streams; Return Sicilian Muse, And call the Vales, and bid them hither cast Their Bels, and Flourets of a thousand hues. [132-35] The power of this long floral offering arises from...
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Poetry of Mourning: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney

Jahan Ramazani - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 419 pages
...is resuming and interrogating elegiac tradition. Milton's swain pleads in the famous flower catalog: "And call the vales, and bid them hither cast / Their bells and flowerets. . . . I Bring the rathe primrose . . . / And every flower that sad embroidery wears. . . . I Bid .../......
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The Columbia Anthology of British Poetry

Carl R. Woodring, James Shapiro - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 891 pages
...smite once, and smite no more." Retum Alpheus, the dread voice is past That shrunk thy streams; retum Sicilian Muse. And call the vales, and bid them hither cast Their bells and flowrets of a thousand hues. Ye valleys low where the mild whispers use. Of shades and wanton winds...
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Milton: The life

William Riley Parker - Poets, English - 1996 - 1539 pages
...flowers, beginning self-consciously: Return, Alpheus; the dread voice is past That shrunk thy streams. Return, Sicilian muse, And call the vales and bid...cast Their bells and flowerets of a thousand hues. (132-5) The flower passage (in the composition of the poem, a happy afterthought) is a pretty art1fice...
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Squitter-wits and Muse-haters: Sidney, Spenser, Milton, and Renaissance ...

Peter C. Herman - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 284 pages
...unworldly pastoral fantasy in which nothing exists except flowers, not even Amaryllis: Return Sicilean Muse, And call the Vales, and bid them hither cast Their Bells and Flowrets of a thousand hues. Ye valleys low where the mild whispers use Of shades and wanton winds...
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The Classic Hundred Poems: All-time Favorites

William Harmon, Professor William Harmon - Poetry - 1998 - 360 pages
...smite once, and smites no more." Return, Alpheus, the dread voice is pass'd That shrunk thy streams; return, Sicilian Muse, And call the vales and bid...wanton winds and gushing brooks, On whose fresh lap the swart star sparely looks, Throw hither all your quaint enamel'd eyes That on the green turf suck the...
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The Miltonic Moment

J. Martin Evans - History - 1998 - 175 pages
...however, the protagonist is already dead, so in place of Edward King's voice we hear his elegist's: And call the Vales, and bid them hither cast Their Bells, and Flourets of a thousand hues. Ye valleys low where the milde whispers use, Of shades and wanton winds...
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