Looking Ahead: Milton’s “Lycidas”

Tomorrow, we’ll be making yet another transition into a Renaissance function for pastoral:  expressing vocational authority. Before (or maybe after) reading Milton, take a look at the first stanza of Spenser’s epic poem, The Faerie Queene. (Read Wikipedia if you’ve never heard of this epic).

Spenser’s 1st stanza in The Faerie Queene

Lo I the man, whose Muse whylome did maske,
As time her taught, in lowly Shephards weeds,
Am not enforst a farre vnfitter taske,
For trumpets sterne to chaunge mine Oaten reeds:
And sing of Knights and Ladies gentle deeds,
Whose praises hauing slept in silence long,
Me, all too meane, the sacred Muse areeds
To blazon broade emongst her learned throng:
Fierce warres and faithfull loues shall moralize my song. Continue reading