[Milton-L] Re prelaps seasons: when is a question a good one?

Horace Jeffery Hodges jefferyhodges at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 12 16:04:15 EST 2010


So much for America as the New Jerusalem. Sounds more like 400 years in the wilderness . . .


Jeffery Hodges




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Couldn't put it down. Here's the whole 16-line set piece:
 

At once as far as Pilgrims kenn they view 
the dismal situation, waste and wilde;
A landscape horrible, on all sides round
as one great rock-pile lay, and in that pile
no soil, but merely rock more granular
served only to surrender stubs of grass,
casings of tuber, withered shrub, where leaf 
and branch can never bloom, boughs never bear 
that bear for Jim; but stubble without hue
still des'ccates, and a powdery fungus, sown
in ever-cracking Frost-heaves underfoot :
Such place the Early Settlers soon _reserved_
for those Indigenous, here their plots arranged
on stoniest ledges, and their portion set
as far removed from Hull and Beacon Hill
as from Nantucket thrice to the Isles of Shoals.
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