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John Milton

John Milton
Short Name: John Milton
Full Name: Milton, John, 1608-1674
Birth Year: 1608
Death Year: 1674

Milton, John, was born in London, Dec. 9, 1608, and died there Nov. 8, 1674. His poetical excellences and his literary fame are matters apart from hymnology, and are fully dealt with in numerous memoirs. His influence on English hymn-writing has been very slight, his 19 versions of various Psalms having lain for the most part unused by hymnal compilers. The dates of his paraphrases are:—

Ps. cxiv. and cxxxvi., 1623, when he was 15 years of ago. These were given in his Poems in English and Latin 1645.
Ps. lxxx.-lxxxviii., written in 1648, and published as Nine Psalmes done into Metre, 1645.
Ps. i., 1653; ii., “Done August 8, 1653;" iii., Aug. 9, 1653; iv. Aug. 10, 1653; v., Aug. 12, 1653; vi., Aug. 13, 1653; vii.Aug. 14, 1653; viii., Aug. 14, 1653.
These 19 versions were all included in the 2nd ed. of his Poems in English and Latin, 1673. From these, mainly in the form of centos, the following have come into common use:—
1. Cause us to see Thy goodness, Lord. Ps. lxxxv.
2. Defend the poor and desolate. Ps. lxxxii.
3. God in the great assembly stands. Ps. lxxxii.
4. How lovely are Thy dwellings fair. Ps. lxxxiv. From this, "They pass refreshed the thirsty vale," is taken.
5. Let us with a gladsome [joyful] mind. Ps. cxxxvi.
6. O let us with a joyful mind. Ps. cxxxvi.
7. The Lord will come and not be slow. Ps. lxxxv.

Of these centos Nos. 4 and 5 are in extensive use. The rest are mostly in Unitarian collections. There are also centos from his hymn on the Nativity, "This is the month, and this the happy morn" (q.v.).

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Texts by John Milton (32)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
¡Alabad al Dios y Rey!John Milton (Author)Spanish3
And did those feet in ancient timeJohn Milton (Author (1st two lines attributed to))English1
Awake the trumpet's lofty soundJohn Milton (Author)1
Blest pair of Sirens, pledges of Heaven's joyJohn Milton (Author)English2
Cause us to see thy goodness, LordJohn Milton (Author)2
Defend the poor and desolateMilton (Author)9
God in the great assembly stands Of kings and lordly statesJohn Milton (Author)1
God of our saving health and peaceJohn Milton, 1608-1674 (Author)English3
Hopi ye; WakaŋtaŋkaJohn Milton (Author)Dakota1
How lovely are Thy dwellings fair!John Milton (Author)English47
How lovely are Thy dwellings, Lord, From noise and trouble freeMilton (Author)English29
I am old and blindJohn Milton (Author)English3
Laŭdu ĝoje Dion niJohn Milton (Author)3
Let us with a gladsome [joyful] mind (Milton)John Milton 1608-1674 (Author)English445
Lord God of hosts, that reignest on highJohn Milton (Author)2
Lord, Lord, defend the desolateJohn Milton (Author)1
Louvem, com alegre somJohn Milton (Author)Portuguese2
Many there be, that sayJohn Milton (Author)2
No war nor battle's soundJohn Milton (Author)46
Praise, O praise our God and KingJohn Milton (Author)English3
¿Qué podemos ofrendar?John Milton (Author)Spanish2
Ring out, ye crystal spheresJ. Milton, 1608-74 (Author)English4
Rise, God! judge Thou the earth in mightJohn Milton (Author)English10
The Lord will come and not be slowJohn Milton (Author)English86
They pass refreshed the thirsty valeMilton (Author)4
This is the month, and this the happy mornJohn Milton (Author)4
This is true glory and renown, when GodJohn Milton (Author)English2
Thy favor, gracious Lord, displayJohn Milton (Author)5
When I consider how my light is spentJohn Milton (Author)3
When the mists at last have risenJohn Milton (Author)2
Wie lieblich ist dein Wohnplatz dochJohn Milton (Author)5
Ye flaming Powers, and wingèd warriors brightJohn Milton (Author)English2

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