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"Paradise Lost: A Poem Written in Ten Books"

An Authoritative Text of the 1667 First Edition

Transcribed and edited with commentary by John T. Shawcross and Lieb

Publication Year: 2007

“Paradise Lost: A Poem Written in Ten Books”: An Authoritative Text of the 1667 First Edition is the first such presentation of the first edition of this major epic of English literature. Constructed as a 10-book version, the 1667 edition is a finished piece that is architecturally and numerically balanced, significantly differing from the now-standard 1674 version that appeared in 12 books.

This edition of the 1667 text also provides the opportunity to view the second edition of 1674 from a fresh perspective. Although the 1674 edition has customarily been adopted as the basis for modern publications of the poem, the availability now of this authoritative text of the 1667 edition invites a reconsideration of Milton’s original intentions in light of the changes made evident in the revised text. Full discussions include information about the alterations made in states of the text, errors that persisted, and the rationale of the edition presented here.

Published by: Duquesne University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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CONTENTS

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pp. v-

Bibliographic Terms

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xv

Despite the many editions of the text of John Milton’s Paradise Lost as it was published in 1674, this edition represents the only diplomatic text of the epic as it was first published in 1667. To (or authoritative) be sure, several editions claiming to have reproduced the...

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Note on the Text

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pp. xvi-

The authoritative text reproduced in this edition is a transcription of a copy of 16671 owned by the Newberry Library, collated with a copy owned by the British Library (C.14.a.9) and checked against the facsimiles by Fletcher and Scolar Press, which, however, produce...

Paradise lost A Poem Written in Ten Books

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pp. 1-

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BOOK I.

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pp. 3-30

OF Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast Brought Death into the World, and all our woe, With loss of Eden, till one greater Man Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat, Sing Heav’nly Muse, that on the secret top...

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BOOK II.

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pp. 31-67

HIgh on a Throne of Royal State, which far Outshon the wealth of Ormus and of Ind, Or where the gorgeous East with richest hand Showrs on her Kings Barbaric Pearl & Gold, Satan exalted sat, by merit rais’d To that bad eminence; and from despair...

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BOOK III.

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pp. 68-93

HAil holy light, ofspring of Heav’n first-born, Or of th’ Eternal Coeternal beam May I express thee unblam’d? since God is light, And never but in unapproached light Dwelt from Eternitie, dwelt then in thee, Bright effluence of bright essence increate...

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BOOK IV.

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pp. 94-129

O For that warning voice, which he who saw Th’ Apocalyps, heard cry in Heaven aloud, Then when the Dragon, put to second rout, Came furious down to be reveng’d on men, Wo to the inhabitants on Earth! that now...

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BOOK V.

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pp. 130-161

NOw Morn her rosie steps in th’ Eastern Clime Advancing, sow’d the Earth with Orient Pearle, When Adam wak’t, so customd, for his sleep Was Aerie light, from pure digestion bred, And temperat vapors bland, which th’ only...

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BOOK VI

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pp. 162-193

ALL night the dreadless Angel unpursu’d Through Heav’ns wide Champain held his way, till Morn, Wak’t by the circling Hours, with rosie hand Unbarr’d the gates of Light. There is a Cave...

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BOOK VII.

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pp. 194-238

DEscend from Heav’n Urania, by that name If rightly thou art call’d, whose Voice divine Following, above th’ Olympian Hill I soare, Above the flight of Pegasean wing. The meaning, not the Name I call: for...

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BOOK VIII

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pp. 239-280

NO more of talk where God or Angel Guest With Man, as with his Friend, familiar us’d To sit indulgent, and with him partake Rural repast, permitting him the while Venial discourse unblam’d: I now must change...

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BOOK IX.

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pp. 281-319

MEanwhile the hainous and despightfull act Of Satan done in Paradise, and how Hee in the Serpent had perverted Eve, Her Husband shee, to taste the fatall fruit...

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BOOK X

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pp. 320-374

THus they in lowliest plight repentant stood Praying, for from the Mercie-seat above Prevenient Grace descending had remov’d The stonie from thir hearts, and made new...

Discussion of the Edited Text

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pp. 375-

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Changes and Lack of Changes Made

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pp. 377-384

Line numbers are given on the right side of the text rather than on alternate right and left sides of a page. Long printed ∫, which looks like an f, is not reproduced; however, typographic puns may exist as...

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The First Edition of Paradise Lost (with comment on the second edition and the manuscript)

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pp. 385-391

Line numbers are given on the right side of the text rather than on alternate right and left sides of a page. Long printed ∫, which looks like an f, is not reproduced; however, typographic puns may exist as...

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Issues of the First Edition

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pp. 392-394

There were six issues of the first edition in 1667–69 with six different title pages, two issues in each year. However, “issue” in this sentence indicates only the six different title pages since the texts do not evidence distinct issuing. The authoritative...

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Textual Variants

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pp. 395-414

In the course of printing, changes may be made to a text as a result of recognition of an error by the compositor, disruption of a letter or letters in the mechanical operation of printing or making changes, and sometimes because of a deliberate change...

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Textual Errors

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pp. 415-418

Considered here are verbal errors and some textual difficulties—like indentation and punctuation—that appear in issues of the first edition and that are not included as errata or above under “Textual Variants.” Not included are spacing problems, upside-down...

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Added Preliminary Material, 1668–69

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pp. 419-439

Added to the 16682 issue and later issues were a statement from the printer, arguments for the ten books, “The Verse,” and “Errata.” A revision in the printer’s statement also exists for some copies of the...

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Discussion of Added Preliminary Material

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pp. 440-449

The difference between the two versions (four-line or six-line) is that “is procured.” (found in issues 4, 5) was replaced by “I have procur’d it, and withall a reason of that which stumbled many others, why the Poem Rimes not.” (also found in copies of issues 4, 5). Reference...

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Further Changes in the Second Edition, 1674

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pp. 450-452

Aside from revision of books 7 and 10 into two books each and the addition of 15 lines, correction of errata, alteration of spelling, capitalization, and so on throughout the text, the second edition makes some verbal changes, almost all of which are clearly errors...

Bibliography

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pp. 453-456


E-ISBN-13: 9780820705217
Print-ISBN-13: 9780820703930

Page Count: 472
Publication Year: 2007

Series Title: Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies
Series Editor Byline: Albert C. Labriola

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Subject Headings

  • Fall of man -- Poetry.
  • Milton, John, 1608-1674. Paradise lost.
  • Bible. O.T. Genesis -- History of Biblical events -- Poetry.
  • Adam (Biblical figure) -- Poetry.
  • Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- First editions.
  • Eve (Biblical figure) -- Poetry.
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