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A POEM IN TWELVE BOOKS
A NEW EDITION
WITH EXPLANATORY NOTES.
PUBLISHED BY HURD AND HOUGHTON,
459 BROOME STREET.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1866, by
HURD AND HOUGHTON, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District
of New York.
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H. 0. HOUGHTON AND COMPANY
In this volume an attempt has been made to present a neat and serviceable edition of Paradise Lost, provided with brief explanatory notes. It is hoped that it may prove especially useful to a class of readers, in our schools and elsewhere, who can relish Milton's poetry, but who have few formal books of reference. The notes which have been introduced serve to throw light on points of mythology, history, and geography, and on nice or obscure terms of expression. Much advantage has been derived from the labors of English commentators, and the recent edition of Keightley (1859) has been constantly at hand. But these resources have not been drawn vpon without discrimination; and a great deal of independent labor has been applied, which is none the less real, that its results appear in a compact and summary form. For the comparison of parallel passages the copious verbal index, which is so valuable a part of Cleveland's edition of the Poems of Milton, has been of great use.
For the most part the modern spelling has been preferred. In some words, however, as for example,