[Milton-L] swerving

carl bellinger bcarlb at comcast.net
Mon Sep 24 15:46:15 EDT 2007


There is no comma between "not" and "too" in Milton's two editions:

"whence warne him to beware/He swerve not too secure:"

It's an easy guess that many subsequent editions have added a comma where 
Michael Gillum suggests one is needed granted a certain interpretation. [An 
easy guess because editors have for centuries had a hay-day interpreting 
Milton's text with their happy commas.]  Here, for instance, is the text as 
it appears in a [strange and strangely undocumented] online edition of PL:

Yet mutable; whence warn him to beware
He swerve not, too secure:  Tell him withal

http://www.web-books.com/Classics/Poetry/Milton_Lost/Milton_LostC5P2.htm

-Carl 




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