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On the Death of a fair Infant dying of a Cough
At a Vacation Exercise in the Colledge
On the Morning of Chrift's Nativity
Upon the Circumcifion
At a folemn Mufick
An Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchester
Song. On May Morning
On Shakespear. 1630
On the University Carrier
Another on the fame
Diodati, e te'l diro con maraviglia'
'Per certo i bei voftr'occhi, Donna mia'
XXIII. [On his deceased Wife]
Apologus de Ruftico et Hero
Ad Christinam Suecorum Reginam, nomine Cromwelli
The Life of Milton.
By John Mitford.
OHN MILTON, magnum et venerabile nomen, the son of John Milton and Sarah Caftor, a woman of incomparable virtue and goodness, and exemplary for her liberality to the poor, was born' in London, on the 9th of December, 1608. To ufe his own words"Londini fum natus, genere honesto, Patre, viro integerrimo, matre probatiffima, et eleemofyne per viciniam potiffimum nota." His father was an eminent scrivener, and lived at the sign of the Spread Eagle3 (the armorial
1 Baptized the xx Dec. 1608, according to the Register of Allhallows, Bread Street. Named John, as his father and grandfather had been before him.
2 v. Defenfionem fecundam. His mother was buried in the Church of Horton, Bucks. The house where Milton lived in that village was pulled down a few years fince. In the garden of the prefent house is an old decayed apple tree faid to be of the poet's planting.
3 This house wherein he was born, and which strangers used to vifit before the fire, was part of his estate as long as he lived. v. Toland's Life, p. 148, On his mother's family. See Birch's Life of Milton, p. II. The family of the, Castors originally derived from Wales, as Philips tells us; but Wood afferts that she was of the ancient family of the Bradshaws, and a still later account informs us that she was a Haughton, of Haughton Tower, in Lancashire, as appeared by her own arms, &c. Both Toland and Philips date Milton's birth in 1606, but erroneously,