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PARALLEL PASSAGES SHOWING EXPRESSIONS
PROBABLY BORROWED FROM MILTON
Ib. i. 31.
Ib. ii. 50.
Ib. iv. 3-4.
The birds, on ev'ry bloomy spray.
Pastorals, i. 23.
Nightingale sonnet, 1.
Odyssey, v. 94
Ib. iii. 61-2.
P. L. 0. 195.
Ib. iv. 79-80.
Windsor Forest, 27. To happy Convents, bosom'd deep in vines.
Dunciad, iv. 301.
Odyssey, v. 513.
Odyssey, X. 175-6.
Windsor Forest, 30.
I Most of these parallels are selected from those given in the Elwin-Courthope edition of Pope, Gilbert Wakefield's edition of Pope's Homer, and Mary Leather's article, Pope as a Student of Milton, in Englische Studien, xv. 398-410; some I have myself noted. None of the Iliod or Odyssey parallels can be explained by similarities between Homer and Milton; most of the passages, indeed, owe nothing to Homer but are original with Pope.
The gulphy Lee his sedgy tresses rears;
Or gulfy Dun ... Or sullen Mole, that runneth underneath, ....or of sedgy Lea.
Vacation Exercise, 92–7.
Ib. 387-8 (original reading).
Ib. 460. The fairies ... So featly tripped.
Ib. 618-20. Trip the peri faeries and the dapper elves.
Comus, 118. Full oft I drain'd the spicy nut-brown bowl.
Wife of Bath, 214. Then to the spicy nut-brown ele.
Allegro, 100. In air self-balanced hung the globe below.
Temple of Fame, 13. Let earth unbalanced from her orbit ily.
Essay on Man, i. 251.
P. L. vii. 242.
Temple of Fame, 76-8.
Odyssey, xxi. 46.
P. L. 1. 714-16.
Temple of Fame, 91.
P. L. 1. 710-11.
P. L. ii. 4.
P. L. 1. 717. Ere warning Phoebus touched his trembling ears. Essay on Criticism, 131 (variant). Phoebus replied, and touch'd my trembling ears. Lycidas, 77. Amaranthine bow'rs.
St. Cecilia, 76. Blissful bowers Of amaranthine shade.
P. L. xi. 77-8.
(Of heaven in each case.) And those love-darting eyes must roll no more. Elegy to an Unfortunate Lady, 34. Love-darting eyes, or tresses like the morn.
Comus, 753. He from thick films shall purge the visual ray.
Messiah, 39. His visual ball.
Odyssey, ix. 454. Sharpen'd his visual ray.
P. L. iii. 620; cf. xi. 415. (The first case was pointed out by Pope.) He wipes the tears for ever from our eyes.
Messiah (Ist ed.), 46. All tears are wiped for ever from all eyes.
Epilogue to Satires, i. 103. And wipe the tears for ever from his eyes.
In adamantine chains shall Death be bound.
Messiah, 47. Arm'd in adamantine chains.
Song by Person of Quality, 18. In War and Discord's adamantine chain.
Iliad, xiii. 452. In adamantine chains.
P. L. i. 48. For spirits, freed from mortal laws, with ease Assume what sexes and what shapes they please. Rape of the Lock, i. 69–70.
For Spirits, when they please, Con either sex assume, or both ... ... in what shape they choose.
P. L. 1. 423-8.
Ib. ii. 65.
P. L. v. 283-5.
Ib. iii. 41. A Priest succinct in amice white.
Dunciad, iv. 549.
Aside they lay
P. L. iii. 643.
Rape of the Lock, iii. 151–2. ("See Milton, lib. vi. 330, of Satan cut asunder by the Angel Michael": Pope's note.) Snakes on rolling spires.
43. (Satan) erect Amidst his circling spires.
P. L. ix. 501-2.
Imitation of Martial, 1-2. This subtle thief of life, this paltry time.
Horace's Epistles, II. ii. 76. To whom Time bears me on his rapid wing.
Dunciad, iv. 6.
Sonnet, “How soon hath Time," 1-2, 12.
Comus, 429. I have not yet forgot myself to stone.
Eloisa to Abelard, 24.
(Of a church in each case.) But o'er the twilight groves.
Ib. 163. Arched walks of twilight groves.
P. L. v. 286-7.
Ib. 298. With low-thoughted care.
Ib. i. 41.
The chequer'd shade.
To Mr. Gay, 7. In the chequer'd shade.
Dunciad, iv. 125. In the chequer'd shade.
Allegro, 26. Or in the golden cowslip's velvet head.
Lamentation of Glumdalclitch, 48. O'er the cowslip's velvet head.
Comus, 898. But vindicate the ways of God to man.
Essay on Man, i. 16.
P. L. i. 26.
P. L. iii. 460.
Ib. iii. 68. With louch ethereal of Heaven's fiery rod.
Samson, 549. Next his grim idol smeared with human blood.
Ib. iii. 266.
Dunciad, iv. 142.
P. L. i. 392-6.
Moral Essays, iii. 282. All the stars Hide their diminish'd heads.
P. L. iv. 34 5. And bring all Paradise before your eye.
Ib. iv. 148. And bring all Heaven before mine eyes.
Penseroso, 166. To ake men happy, and to keep them so.
Horace's Epistles, I. vi. 2. What makes a nation happy, and keeps it so.
P. R. iv. 362. To see themselves fall endlong into beasts.
Satires of Donne, iv. 167. And downward fell into a grovelling swine.
Ib. iv. 185-6.
Epilogue to Satires, ii. 235. That opes the palace of Eternity.
Comus, 14. Daughter of Chaos and eternal Night.
Dunciad, i. 12. Dread Chaos, and eternal Night.
Ib. iv, 2.
P. L. iii, 18.
P. L. 1. 20.
P. L. iv. 606-7.
(Pointed out by Pope.) He rollid his eyes that witness'd huge dismay. Ib. (ist ed.), i. 105.
Round he throws his baleful eyes, That witness'd huge affliction and dismay.
P. L. 1. 50–7.
Ib. i. 27.
Ib. i. 45.