[Milton-L] it came upon the midnight clear and miltonic echo

Arlene M Stiebel amstiebel at verizon.net
Fri Dec 13 17:48:00 EST 2013


Peace, Love and Joy to all --

Arlene


On Dec 13, 2013, at 12:57 PM, jsavoie at siue.edu wrote:

> Tis the season for Christmas carols, and  in the line of "with painful steps and
> slow" I can't help but here the echo "with wandring steps and slow" from PL.  A
> closer look at the last two stanzas show even more miltonic influences,
> particularly stanza 14 of the Nativity Ode where the power of holy song almost
> seems to have the power to "fetch the age of gold."
> 
> John Savoie
> 
> 
>    And ye, beneath life's crushing load,
>    Whose forms are bending low,
>    Who toil along the climbing way
>    With painful steps and slow,
>    Look now! for glad and golden hours
>    come swiftly on the wing.
>    O rest beside the weary road,
>    And hear the angels sing!
> 
>    For lo!, the days are hastening on,
>    By prophet bards foretold,
>    When with the ever-circling years
>    Comes round the age of gold
>    When peace shall over all the earth
>    Its ancient splendors fling,
>    And the whole world give back the song
>    Which now the angels sing.
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