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Text exactly reproduced from the First EDITION of 1667,
with Appendix, containing the Additions made in later issues,
and a Monograph on the original publication of the Poem.

The reproduction of Milton's “Paradise Lost” has an
interest superior to that of most reprints, as no edition subse-
quent to the first has preserved the system of emphasis
adopted by Milton. At the end of the first edition of
“ Paradise Lost we meet with what, to a casual observer,
would appear to be a very singular correction, viz. Lib. 2, v.

“ For we read wee.' Even a tolerably attentive student of the early editions of Milton might be at a loss what to make of this. It is certain that we is to be met with in this edition of “Paradise Lost” quite as often, or rather much oftener, with a single than with a double e.

It occurs as we in the very next line to that referred to in this erratum. The explanation is this :—that although in ordinary cases Milton is accustomed to spell the pronouns we, me, be, ye with a single e, whenever special emphasis is intended to be put upon them he makes a point of writing wee, mee, yee, bee. Many other words are differently spelt from what was then or is now usual, and this not in an uncertain manner, as is common in old books, but after a regular, unvarying system, deliberately formed by Milton himself, and adopted upon choice and afore-thought. Besides its peculiarities of emphasis and spelling, the first edition exhibits some variations in the text of the Poem itself not followed in any later edition.



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