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CONTENT S.

CHAPTER I.

Birth of Milton-Character of the times-His family Early education, Death of King James-Character of his courtPublic characters of Elizabeth's reign-Programme of Milton's travels-Juvenile poems—Death of a fair infant'-College verses-Rustication from college - Retirement at HortonReturn to college-Epic poem of King Arthur'-Love of the the Theatre – Anticipations of Paradise Lost' - Style of Milton's language

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CHAPTER II.

Critical account of Milton's college poetry—Hymn to the Nativity'-Its sublimity and originality-Johnson's neglect of this ode-Milton's lyrical ear-Latin poetry—'In Quintum Novembris' _'In Obitum Præsulis Eliensis'--'Naturam non pati senium' - Cowper's translation Poem to his

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CHAPTER III.

College poetry continued—'Ad Patrem'—Cowper's translation-Elegy to Deodate-Deodate family-Latin epistles

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