[Milton-L] bastard truth

Danielle A. St. Hilaire das89 at cornell.edu
Sat Feb 4 10:15:05 EST 2006

Dear Greg,

The quotation is from the beginning of Doctrine and Discipline of 
Divorce, in the note to the parliament.  The full quotation (I'm copying 
from the Milton Reading Room-- 

For Truth is as impossible to be soil'd by any outward touch, as the Sun 
beam. Though this ill hap wait on her nativity, that shee never comes 
into the world, but like a Bastard, to the ignominy of him that brought 
her forth: till Time the Midwife rather then the mother of Truth, have 
washt and salted the Infant, declar'd her legitimat, and Churcht the 
father of his young Minerva, from the needlesse causes of his purgation.


Greg Lowe wrote:
> "Truth never comes into the world but like a bastard, to the ignominy of 
> him that brought her birth."
> I have recently encountered this sentence attibuted to Milton in an 
> online political argument (foolish to involve myself in such wasteful 
> enterprises). I feel that I should know from what work this sentence is 
> pulled, but I do not nor have I found it by searching the net. I thought 
> my friends here could inform me in quick order.
> Thanks in advance,
> Greg Lowe
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