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ENGL 220 Milton Professor John Rogers Poetry and Virginity “I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps. And they sung as it were a new song before the throne . . . and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women: for they are virgins.” (Rev. 14:2-3). “Next, (for heare me out now Readers) that I may tell ye whether my younger feet wander’d; I betook me among those lofty Fables and Romances, which recount in solemne canto’s the deeds of Knighthood founded by our victorious Kings; & from hence had in renowne over all Christendome. There I read it in the oath of every Knight, that he should defend to the expence of his best blood, or of his life, if it so befell him, the honour and chastity of Virgin or matron. . . Thus from the Laureat fraternity of Poets, riper yeares, and the ceaselesse round of study and reading led me to the shady spaces of
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2012 for the course ENGL 220 taught by Professor Rogers during the Fall '08 term at Yale.

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