[Milton-L] "The liveliest pair"

Horace Jeffery Hodges jefferyhodges at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 20 18:47:59 EDT 2009

Or was Professor Campbell simply restoring the long-lost original line and thereby providing a more precise understanding of Milton's views on prelapsarian sexuality?
Jeffery Hodges

--- On Tue, 10/20/09, Michael O'Connell <oconnell at english.ucsb.edu> wrote:

From: Michael O'Connell <oconnell at english.ucsb.edu>
Subject: [Milton-L] "The liveliest pair"
To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 5:11 PM

Ah, the pleasure of typos!

I've been using the Everyman Complete English Poems of Milton this term, edited by our extraordinarily learned colleague Gordon Campbell.  One word that escaped Gordon's eye was in PL 4, 321, where we learn that Adam and Eve were "the liveliest pair / That ever since in love's embraces met".  A mischievous typographer?  My students were understandably a bit disappointed when, duty bound, I gave them the true reading of the line.

But who's to say that A & E were not also the liveliest pair in their love's embraces? 
Michael O'Connell
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