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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
From Hymn on the Morning of Christ’s Nativity

John Milton (1608–1674)
 
    .. THE SHEPHERDS 1 on the Lawn,
    Or ere the point of dawn,
  Sat simply chatting in a rustick row;
    Full little thought they than
    That the mighty Pan        5
  Was kindly com to live with them below:
Perhaps their loves, or els their sheep,
Was all that did their silly thoughts so busie keep.
 
    When such musick sweet
    Their hearts and ears did greet,        10
  As never was by mortal finger strook.
    Divinely-warbled voice
    Answering the stringed noise,
  As all their souls in blisfull rapture took:
The air, such pleasure loth to lose,        15
With thousand echoes still prolongs each heav’nly close …
 
    Such Musick (as ’tis said)
    Before was never made,
  But when of old the sons of morning sung,
    While the Creator Great        20
    His constellations set,
  And the well-balanc’t world on hinges hung,
And cast the dark foundations deep,
And bid the weltering waves their oozy channel keep …
 
Note 1. Milton. Stanzas viii, ix, and xii from Hymn on the Morning of Christ’s Nativity. [back]
 
 
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