This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1886 Excerpt: ... 1. Milton's Youth and Early Manhood. 1608--1639. The family of John Milton prohably derives its name from the parish of Great Milton near Thame in Oxfordshire. The grandfather of the poet was a yeoman'Lat Stanton St._John, about five miles from Oxford, and at the same time under-ranger of the forest of Shotover. His son,.Tohn_hy name, joined the Anglican church and was in consequence disinherited by the father who remained faithful to Koine. John Milton then went up to London where he set up in business as ascrivener, a position in which he performed the functions of a SQlicitflr_oJLour own day. He succeeded, and acquired a considerable Jortune which he owed to his industry and intelligence. He lived in the heart of the City, Bread Street, Cheapside, in a house which bore the sign of the Spread Eagle. Here, John Milton the poet, was born on the 9lh of December 1608. His childhood was happy and. rich in promise. From his father who was an excellent musician and distinguished himself even as a composer, he learned the art which was destined to distract and to soothe him in his blindness; his private tutor, Thomas Young, as well as the headmaster of St. Paul's School which he afterwards frequented as a day scholar, Alexander Gill, were men of note, the latter especially was one of the best scholars and the greatest pedagogue of his time. Young Milton studied with extraordinary zeal, reading deep into the night, whereby he sowed already when a boy the seeds of that malady which was to destroy his eyesight. At sixteen he went to college, being admitted as a pensioner of Christs Cambridge in 1625. Here he continued his comprehensive reading for seven years, taking his-degrees of B. A. and M. A. in due time. How beautifuL he, was at this time of his life, and how ...
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