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" The Oracles are dumb ; No voice or hideous hum Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving. Apollo from his shrine Can no more divine, With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving : No nightly trance or breathed spell Inspires the pale-eyed priest... "
A Day by the Fire: And Other Papers, Hitherto Uncollected - Page 80
by Leigh Hunt - 1870 - 368 pages
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Titan: A Monthly Magazine..., Volume 2

1846
...lines of Milton : — * The oracles are dumb No voice or hideous bum Buna through the arched roof iu words deceiving. Apollo from his shrine, Can no more divine With hollow shriek the sleep of Delphos leaving. No nightly trance or breathed spell Inspires the pale-eyed priest from the...
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The Metropolitan, Volume 50

English literature - 1847
...dark, unpeopled world." Every where unbelief, shallow, sensual, withering, prevailed. At its voice, " The oracles are dumb, No voice or hideous hum Runs...breathed spell, Inspires the pale-eyed priest from the prophetic cell." The Jews themselves had become dead to the great truths their religion embodied. They...
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John Keats

John Barnard, Barnard John - Literary Collections - 1987 - 172 pages
...appropriate Milton to Keats's own purposes. Milton, in 'On the Morning of Christ's Nativity', had written, The oracles are dumb. No voice or hideous hum Runs...breathed spell, Inspires the pale-eyed priest from the prophetic cell. (lines 173-80) This is a plangent but strongly ironic account of Christ's birth displacing...
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Thebaid IX, Book 9

Publio Papinio Estacio, Stace, Publius Papinius Statius, Statius - Social Science - 1991 - 232 pages
...Delphica damnatis tacuerunt sortibus antra', etc., Milton. On the Moruing of Cheist's .\ativity, 173 ff. 'The oracles are dumb. , No voice or hideous hum /...With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving'. See further HW Parke and DEW Wormell. The Delphic Oearle ;Oxford, 1956), i. 287 ff. 514 f. Juno's patronage...
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Petrarch's Genius: Pentimento and Prophecy

Marjorie O'Rourke Boyle - Literary Criticism - 1991 - 224 pages
...Apollo in his poem "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity": The Oracles are dum, No voice or hideous humm Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving, Apollo...No nightly trance, or breathed spell, Inspires the pale-ey'd Priest from the prophetic cell. 93 Petrarch was inclined rather to the judgment of Lucan:...
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The Classic Myths in English Literature and in Art, Based Originally on ...

Charles Mills Gayley - Art - 1991 - 597 pages
...No voice or hideous hum Suns through the arched roof in words deceiving. Apollo from his shrine C?n no more divine, With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos...breathed spell Inspires the pale-eyed priest from the prophetic cell. Illustrative. Spenser, Faerie Queene, 1, 2, 2; 1, 2, 29; 1, 11, 31 ; 1, 12, 2. Sir...
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The Cambridge Companion to English Poetry, Donne to Marvell

Thomas N. Corns, Senior Lecturer Department of English Thomas N Corns, University of Cambridge - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 306 pages
...new prophet-poets, will draw their inspiration from Christian divinity, not from Apollo at Delphos: Apollo from his shrine Can no more divine, With hollow...No nightly trance, or breathed spell, Inspires the pale-ey'd Priest from the prophetic cell. (lines 176-80) It is a beautiful, haunting picture of loss....
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Dryden and the Problem of Freedom: The Republican Aftermath, 1649-1680

David Haley - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 285 pages
...of Christ. Milton alludes to the Plutarchan event in his ode "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity": The oracles are dumb, No voice or hideous hum Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving. . . . The lonely mountains o'er, And the resounding shore, A voice of weeping heard, and loud lament....
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Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - Reference - 1998 - 669 pages
...Christ's Nativity' Swinges the scaly horror of his folded tail. 7541 'On the Morning of Christ's Nativity' The oracles are dumb, No voice or hideous hum Runs...divine, With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving. 7542 'On the Morning of Christ's Nativity' So when the sun in bed. Curtained with cloudy red. Pillows...
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Mighty Opposites: From Dichotomies to Differences in the Comparative Study ...

Longxi Zhang - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 248 pages
...obsolete on the other. The moment Christ is born in Bethlehem, as Milton envisions it in a famous ode, The Oracles are dumb, No voice or hideous hum Runs...With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving." Here the advent of Christ manifests itself, among other things, as a transformation of language, for...
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