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MILTON, J.: Essential John Milton (The)

    

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MILTON, J.: Essential John Milton (The)

This thoughtful collection of John Milton’s finest poetry marks the quarter centenary of the poet’s birth in 1608. It is read by several of Britain’s foremost classical actors, including Anton Lesser, Samantha Bond and Derek Jacobi. Milton’s uncompromising views set him firmly on the side of Cromwell, putting his life in danger when the Stuart monarchy was restored. But he is now remembered for Paradise Lost and a strong collection of other poetry which influenced successive generations. This collection offers an ideal overview, including excerpts from Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained in its entirety, excerpts from other major works, including Comus and Samson Agonistes, as well as sonnets and famous shorter poems such as On his blindness, plus a biography of Milton.



Disc 1

  The Essential John Milton
1.   PARADISE LOST Book I Line 1: Of man's first disobedience, and the fruit 00:07:52
2.   Line 128: O Prince, O chief of many throned Powers 00:04:47
3.   Line 242: Is this the region, this the soil, the clime 00:06:38
4.   Line 522: All these and more came flocking; but with looks 00:05:31
5.   Line 622: O myriads of immortal Spirits, O Powers 00:05:35
6.   Line 722: …Th' ascending pile 00:04:20
7.   Book II Line 1: High on a throne of royal state, which far 00:07:31
8.   Line 119: I should be much for open war, O Peers 00:06:45
9.   Line 229: Either to disenthrone the King of Heav'n 00:04:43
10.   Line 310: Thrones and imperial Powers, offspring of Heav'n 00:05:18
11.   Line 390: Well have ye judged, well ended long debate 00:02:39
12.   Line 430: O progeny of Heav'n, empyreal Thrones 00:03:02
13.   Line 506: The Stygian Council thus dissolved; and forth 00:05:51
14.   Line 704: So spake the grisly terror, and in shape 00:08:40


Disc 2

  The Essential John Milton
1.   Line 850: The key of this infernal pit by due 00:07:00
2.   Line 968: T' whom Satan turning boldly thus. Ye Powers 00:05:04
3.   Book III Paraphrase: God sitting on his throne sees Satan… 00:01:54
4.   Book IV Line 1: O for that warning voice, which he who saw 00:07:24
5.   Line 114: Thus while he spake, each passion dimmed his face 00:03:18
6.   Line 172: Now to th' ascent of that steep savage hill 00:03:35
7.   Line 246: …thus was this place 00:06:20
8.   Line 358: O Hell! What do mine eyes with grief behold 00:05:29
9.   Line 440: To whom thus Eve replied. O thou for whom 00:03:16
10.   Line 492: So spake our general mother, and with eyes 00:03:09
11.   Books V–VIII Paraphrase: Meanwhile, Uriel, descending 00:02:16
12.   Book IX Line 1: No more of talk where God or angel guest 00:05:33
13.   Line 99: O earth, how like to Heav'n, if not preferr'd 00:06:57
14.   Line 204: And Eve first to her husband thus began. 00:03:48
15.   Line 270: To whom the virgin majesty of Eve 00:05:27
16.   Line 376: So spake the patriarch of mankind, but Eve 00:07:07


Disc 3

  The Essential John Milton
1.   Line 494: So spake the Enemy of mankind, enclosed 00:04:13
2.   Line 567: To whom the guileful Tempter thus replied. 00:02:37
3.   Line 613: So talked the spirited sly snake; and Eve 00:03:39
4.   Line 679: O sacred, wise and wisdom - giving plant 00:04:13
5.   Line 745: Great are thy virtues, doubtless, best of fruits 00:06:56
6.   Line 856: Hast thou not wondered Adam, at my stay 00:02:35
7.   Line 896: O fairest of Creation, last and best 00:04:42
8.   Line 960: So Adam, and thus Eve to him replied. 00:04:43
9.   Line 1034: So said he, and forbore not glance or toy 00:06:18
10.   Line 1134: Would thou hadst hearkened to my words, and stayed 00:03:15
11.   Book X Paraphrase: Man's disobedience known 00:00:38
12.   Line 68: Father Eternal, thine is to decree 00:09:07
13.   Line 229: Meanwhile ere thus was sinned and judged on earth 00:04:58
14.   Line 354: O parent, these are thy magnific deeds 00:03:56
15.   Line 460: Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Virtues, Powers 00:07:19
16.   Books XI and XII Paraphrase: Meanwhile Sin and Death rejoice 00:01:52
17.   Book XII Line 553: How soon hath thy prediction, seer blest 00:07:53


Disc 4

  The Essential John Milton
1.   Paradise Regained – Book I 00:03:48
2.   Oh ancient powers of Air and this wide World 00:04:31
3.   So to the coast of Jordan he directs 00:03:54
4.   Meanwhile the Son of God, who yet some days 00:04:36
5.   This having heard, straight I again revolved 00:02:52
6.   Full forty days he passed – whether on hill 00:03:54
7.   Whom thus answered the Arch - Fiend, now undisguised: 00:03:10
8.   To whom our Saviour sternly thus replied: 00:03:41
9.   So spake our Saviour; but the subtle Fiend, 00:03:32
10.   Book II 00:03:30
11.   Thus they out of their plaints new hope resume 00:03:18
12.   The while her Son, tracing the desert wild, 00:03:51
13.   To whom quick answer Satan thus returned: 00:03:38
14.   He ceased, and heard their grant in loud acclaim; 00:03:46
15.   He viewed it round; 00:04:34
16.   'What doubts the Son of God to sit and eat' 00:04:18
17.   To whom thus Jesus patiently replied: 00:04:05


Disc 5

  The Essential John Milton
1.   Book III 00:03:14
2.   To whom our Saviour calmly thus replied 00:04:10
3.   To whom the Tempter, murmuring, thus replied 00:04:36
4.   To whom our Saviour answer thus returned 00:04:15
5.   With that (such power was given him then), he took 00:03:43
6.   He looked, and saw what numbers numberless 00:04:26
7.   To whom our Saviour answered thus, unmoved 00:04:19
8.   Book IV 00:02:37
9.   And now the Tempter thus his silence broke 00:04:10
10.   To whom the Son of God, unmoved, replied 00:03:42
11.   Whom thus our Saviour answered with disdain 00:04:08
12.   Look once more, ere we leave this specular mount 00:02:55
13.   To whom our Saviour sagely thus replied 00:03:04
14.   Or, if I would delight my private hours 00:03:50
15.   So saying, he took (for still he knew his power Not yet expired) 00:03:30
16.   Him walking on a sunny hill he found 00:03:15
17.   To whom the Fiend, now swoln with rage, replied 00:03:46
18.   But Satan, smitten with amazement, fell 00:02:07
19.   'True Image of the Father, whether throned…' 00:05:13


Disc 6

  The Essential John Milton
1.   At a Vacation Exercise 00:06:46
2.   L'Allegro 00:07:19
3.   Il Penseroso 00:05:21
4.   Or let my lamp, at midnight hour… 00:05:06
5.   At a Solemn Musick 00:01:55
6.   To Mr. H Lawes, on his Aires 00:01:05
7.   On Time 00:01:17
8.   On Shakespeare 00:01:05
9.   On the morning of Christ's Nativity 00:05:49
10.   Yea Truth, and Justice then… 00:03:31
11.   Sonnet: To the Lord General Cromwell 00:01:13
12.   Sonnet: On the detraction which followed… 00:01:07
13.   Sonnet: On the Late Massacre in Piedmont 00:00:55
14.   Lycidas 00:06:25
15.   cont. It was that fatal and perfidious bark… 00:06:47
16.   Sonnet: To the Nightingale 00:00:56
17.   Sonnet: On my 23rd Birthday 00:01:38
18.   from Paradise Lost – opening of Book I 00:01:48
19.   from Paradise Lost – Book 1 – The fall of Mulciber 00:01:31
20.   from Paradise Lost – opening of Book II 00:01:52
21.   from Paradise Lost – from Book XII 00:01:30
22.   from Paradise Regained 00:01:39
23.   Sonnet: Upon a Deceased Wife 00:01:13
24.   Sonnet: On his Blindness 00:01:11
25.   Sonnet: to Cyriack Skinner 00:01:12
26.   from Samson Agonistes 00:02:05
27.   The destruction of the Temple from Samson Agonistes 00:02:11
28.   The Final Chorus from Samson Agonistes 00:00:48
29.   from Comus, a Masque 00:03:55


Disc 7

  The Essential John Milton
1.   Introduction to Areopagitica 00:00:49
2.   from Areopagitica 00:06:58
3.   Next, what more national corruption… 00:06:35
4.   What advantage is it to be a man… 00:06:13
5.   And now the time in special… 00:05:48
6.   Introduction to The Doctrine and Discipline 00:00:41
7.   from The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce 00:05:36
8.   How vain therefore is it…. 00:06:49
9.   I suppose it will be allow'd us… 00:07:27
10.   Introduction to The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates 00:00:32
11.   from The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates 00:07:19
12.   Since the king or magistrate… 00:05:40


Disc 8

  The Essential John Milton
1.   John Milton: A Life 00:07:59
2.   John Milton was a republican and a Protestant. 00:07:03
3.   In the end, his time at Cambridge… 00:07:16
4.   The poem, a pastoral elegy… 00:06:58
5.   Speculation surrounds almost every facet… 00:07:41
6.   In 1644 he wrote what is still probably… 00:07:01
7.   Milton stayed in his role… 00:08:08
8.   This was a dangerous thing to be doing… 00:07:14
9.   The poem is a dark and dramatic one. 00:07:20
10.   He was still working, though. 00:06:47

Total Playing Time: 09:44:45






Author(s):
Milton, John

Reader(s):
Bond, Samantha; Jacobi, Derek; Lesser, Anton

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Poetry

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: NA888512

Barcode: 9789626348857

Physical Release: 08/2008

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