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" When I was yet a child, no childish play To me was pleasing ; all my mind was set Serious to learn and know, and thence to do, What might be public good ; myself I thought Born to that end, born to promote all truth, All righteous things. "
Select Works of the British Poets: With Biographical and Critical Prefaces - Page 135
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Bentley's Miscellany, Volume 48

Charles Dickens, William Harrison Ainsworth, Albert Smith - Literature - 1860
...forget that Milton puts these words into the mouth of his Divine Speaker in the " Paradise Regained :" When I was yet a child, no childish play To me was...pleasing ; all my mind was set Serious to learn and know, aud thence to do, What might be public good ; myself I thought Born to that end, born to promote all...
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Beauties

Thomas De Quincey - Authors, English - 1862 - 420 pages
...myself, and hear What from without comes often to my ears, 111 sorting with my present state compared ! When I was yet a child, no childish play To me was...be public good ; myself I thought Born to that end" — he will have some notion of the vast reveries which brooded over the heart of Joanna in early girlhood,...
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The Complete Works of Richard Sibbes, D.D.: Memoir of Richard Sibbs

Richard Sibbes - Puritans - 1862
...study.'* Milton's immortal portraiture of ' The Child ' may be taken to describe Master Richard : — V When I was yet a child, no childish play / To me was...know, and thence to do, ' What might be public good." — Paradiie Regained. [B. j. 201-204.] The ' school near Pakenham church ' has long since disappeared,...
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The Mother of the Wesleys: A Biography

John Kirk - 1864 - 351 pages
...service, forcibly reminds us of Milton's beautiful description of the " Holy Child Jesus : " — " When I was yet a child, no childish play To me was pleasing ; all my mind was set Seriously to learn and know, and thence to do, What might be public good." From the moment of his birth,...
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Miscellaneous Essays, Volume 3

Thomas De Quincey - 1865 - 280 pages
...myself, and hear What from without comes often to my ears, 111 sorting with my present state compared! When I was yet a child, no childish play To me was...be public good; myself I thought Born to that end ' — he will have some notion of the vast reveries which Brooded over the heart of Joanna in early...
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Poetical Works: Volume 2. Paradise Regain'd; Samson Agonistes; Poems Upon ...

John Milton - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 392 pages
...and hear What from without comes oft'n to my ears, 111 sorting with my present state compar'd. 200 When I was yet a child, no childish play To me was...to learn and know, and thence to do What might be publick good; my self I thought Born to that end, born to promote all truth, • 205 All righteous...
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A Variorum Commentary Of The Poems Of John Milton

Merritt Yerkes Hughes - Literary Criticism - 1975 - 379 pages
...Legouis and Cazamian, History of English Literature, tr. Irvine, p. 376; Tillyard, Milton, pp. 305-6. When I was yet a child, no childish play To me was...to learn and know, and thence to do What might be publick good ; my self I thought Born to that end, born to promote all truth, All righteous things...
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Collections of the New-York Historical Society for the Year ...

New-York Historical Society - New York (State) - 1821
...always well directed, and it may be said of him, in that Miltoaic language which he loved, • all his mind was set Serious to learn, and know, and thence to do, What might be public good ; himself he thought Born to that end, born, to promote all truth, And righteous things. He despised...
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The Sacred Complex: On the Psychogenesis of Paradise Lost

William Kerrigan, John Milton - Literary Criticism - 1983 - 344 pages
...emerge from pebbles and whatnots, the array of playthings. The fact that Christ petulantly claims, "When I was yet a child, no childish play / To me...pleasing, all my mind was set / Serious to learn and know" (1.201-203) alerts us to the possibility that our author associated danger with the learning that is...
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The Works of John Milton: With an Introduction and Bibliography

John Milton - Poetry - 1994 - 601 pages
...and hear What from without comes often to my ears, 111 sorting with my present state compared. 200 When I was yet a child, no childish play To me was...and thence to do, What might be public good; myself 1 thought Born to that end, born to promote all truth, All righteous things; therefore, above my years,...
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