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PARADISE REGAINED,

SAMSON AGONISTES,

COMUS, AND ARCADES.

THE AUTHOR,

JOHN MILTON.

LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY JOHN SHARPE,

DUKE STREET, PICCADILLY.

MDCCC XXIII.

C. Whittingham, College House, Chiswick.

MILTON.

The personal beauty of Milton has given occasion to a little romantic story, which is pleasing to the imagination. As the youthfulbard was asleep under a tree, an Italian lady, accidentally passing near the place, was struck with his charms, and alighted from her carriage to contemplate them. After gratifying her curiosity, and feeding her love with the spectacle, she dropped a paper, intimating the occurrence and professing her passion; and then, withdrawing without awaking him, she proceeded on her journey. This event, as the story further relates, determined him to cross the Alps, for the purpose of discovering the fugitive fair one among the beauties of Italy. It is unnecessary to say that bis search was unsuccessful: but in the voice and the charms of Leonora Baroni, he found an ample compensation for the loss of bis imaginary mistress.

Symmons's Life of Milton.

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