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Unformatted text preview: Of heroes great in valor, boys and girls Unmarried, and young sons laid on the pyre Before their parents' eyes--as many souls As leaves that yield their hold on boughs and fall Through forests in the early frosts of autumn. (Aeneid 6.309 ff., trans. Fitzgerald) As, in the autumn, leaves detach themselves, first one and then the other, till the bough sees all its fallen garments on the ground, similarly, the evil seed of Adam descended from the shoreline one by one, when signaled, as a falcon--called--will come. so do they move across the darkened waters; even before they reach the farther shore, new ranks already gather on this bank. (Inferno 3:112 ff., trans. Mandelbaum) For the shield simile, cf. Iliad 19.373 and Aeneid 3.637 Galileo's Siderius Nuncius (Starry Messenger) (1610) For other appearances of Galileo in Paradise Lost , see 3.588, and 5.261...
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- Fall '08
- Paradise Lost , Eve