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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 2 0 Browse Search
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Masson has honestly done, that in all likelihood Milton had nothing to do with it. And yet he cannot refrain. On the word voutsafe he hangs nearly a page of dissertation on the nicety of Milton's ear. Mr. Masson thinks that Milton must have had a reason for it, He thinks the same of the variation strook and struck,though they were probably pronounced alike. In Marlowe's Faustus two consecutive sentences (in prose) begin with the words Cursed be he that struck. In a note on the passage Mr. Dyce tells us that the old editions (there were three) have stroke and strooke in the first instance, and all agree on strucke in the second. No inference can be drawn from such casualties. and finds that reason in his dislike to [of] the sound ch, or to [of] that sound combined with s. . . . . . His fine ear taught him not only to seek for musical effects and cadences at large, but also to be fastidious as to syllables, and to avoid harsh or difficult conjunctions of consonants, except when t