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Hail, heav'nly Poet! taught in sorrow's school
Save that within thy own pure breast serene;
'The precious life-blood of a master-spirit,' 1 Treasur'd and stor❜d for life beyond this life. And thy own works alone thy true self show, Thy secret thoughts, intents, and ardent hopes To right a nation's wrongs, and teach the world A better lore than that thyself wert taught.
There best thy image rises to my view
In all its lineaments majestical;
With faults indeed, for else thou wert not man,
J. J. G. G.
1 Milton's Areopagitica.
Chronological Table of Milton's Life.
1623-1625. 15-17. 1625-1632. 17-24.
Pupil of Thomas Young.
St. Paul's School, under Alexander Gill. Seven years at Christ's College, Cambridge. M.A. 1632. Oxford, 1635. 1632-1638. 24-30. Five years at Horton, Buckinghamshire, his father's residence.
Tour in Italy.
Resides in St. Bride's Churchyard. Educates his nephews.
Marries Mary Powell.
Birth of his daughter Anne.
Birth of Mary.
Loses the sight of one eye.
Birth of Deborah, and death of first wife.
Birth in London, Dec. 9. Baptism at Allhallows, Dec. 20.
Becomes Cromwell's Latin
Becomes totally blind.
Retires from secretaryship.