[Milton-L] quotes

Angelica Duran duran0 at exchange.purdue.edu
Mon Apr 16 09:28:54 EDT 2007

Dear John,

What serendipity.  I use both quotations in my recent book, _The Age of
Milton and the Scientific Revolution_ (9-10, 120).  I don't use the quote
from St. Augustine, although I do mention other work of his.


Angelica Duran
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> From: John Hale <john.hale at stonebow.otago.ac.nz>
> Reply-To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 09:35:11 +1200
> To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Half-Marathon
> A colleague from Religious Studies supplied these passages which relate to
> Paradise regained IV. 330 and the whole sentence.  Is any of this new?
> "Here's the extract from Darwin's autobiography:
> About this time [1837–39] I took much delight in Wordsworth's and
> Coleridge's poetry; and can boast that I read the 'Excursion' twice
> through. Formerly Milton's 'Paradise Lost' had been my chief favourite,
> and in my excursions during the voyage of the "Beagle", when I could take
> only a single volume, I always chose Milton.
> Charles Darwin, Autobiography (London: Collins, 1958), 85.
> Incidentally, I have found this quote attributed to Isaac Newton (I don't
> have its source), but it may itself be an allusion to Milton.
> I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have
> been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself now and
> then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst
> the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. (Isaac Newton)
> The similar story about St Augustine seems to have been a medieval legend.
> I've found this version on a website.
> St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (354-430 AD), was once
> walking along the seashore, meditating on the unfathomable mystery of the
> Holy Trinity. A boy was using a shell to pour seawater into a little hole.
> When Augustine asked him what he was doing, he replied, "I am emptying the
> sea into this hole." Thus did Augustine understand that man would never
> penetrate to the depths of the mystery of God.
> http://johnheard.blogspot.com/2005/05/sabbath-trinity-sunday-for-pope.html
> John Hale
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