[Milton-L] PL 4.576ff

Alberto Cacicedo alc at mac.com
Mon Nov 14 12:48:40 EST 2011


It's a subjunctive.  Which makes it a matter of doubt that Uriel does "See farr and wide."  But then, that's Satan for you.--Al Cacicedo

On Nov 14, 2011, at 12:44 PM, Duran, Angelica A wrote:

> Dear scholars,
> 
> Is there a grammatical justification for "See" rather than "Sees" in the
> following passage from /Paradise Lost/ Book 4.  It seems that the subject
> is the singular "sight"; but perhaps "sight" is a corporate singular, like
> "police," which is sometimes treated like a plural, sometimes as a
> singular. Gabriel using the vocative, command form, to tell Uriel to "See
> farr and wide" contradicts Gabriel's main communication.
> 
> To whom the winged Warriour thus returnd:
>     Uriel, no wonder if thy perfet sight,
> Amid the Suns bright circle where thou sitst,
> See farr and wide: in at this Gate none pass
> The vigilance here plac't, but such as come 	[ 580 ]
> Well known from Heav'n; and since Meridian hour
> No Creature thence:
> 
> 
> All help appreciated. Many thanks.
> 
> Adios,
> Angelica Duran
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> 
> 
> On 11/14/11 12:32 PM, "Jameela Lares" <Jameela.Lares at usm.edu> wrote:
> 
>> The Milton Society of America has received, in error, a contribution for
>> this apparently defunct organization.  I called the number in New York
>> provided at http://blindreaders.info/religion.html and was told that the
>> number had been in possession of a choral foundation for at least five
>> years. The Society used to be in their building, and they used to get
>> quite a few phone calls for them, but all attempts to trace the
>> organization--googling,etc.--were unsuccessful.
>> 
>> Does anyone on the list have any further information?
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> 
>> Jameela Lares (Treasurer, MSA)
>> Professor of English
>> The University of Southern Mississippi
>> 118 College Drive, #5037
>> Hattiesburg, MS  39406-0001
>> 601 266-4319 ofc
>> 601 266-5757 fax
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