Born: 9 December 1608
Died: 8 November 1674
John Milton was an English poet, author and polemicist, son of composer John Milton the Elder. He is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost and for his treatise condemning censorship, Areopagitica.
He was an accomplished, scholarly man of letters, polemical writer and an official in the government of Oliver Cromwell. Milton was writing at a time of religious and political flux in England, and his poetry and prose reflect deep convictions, often reacting to contemporary circumstances. He wrote also in Latin and Italian, and had an international reputation in his lifetime.
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Settings of text by John Milton
- L'Allegro ed il Pensieroso (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)
- Auspicious Morn (Oliver Holden)
- Blest pair of Sirens (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)
- Hence, loathed melancholy (Henry Lahee)
- Hymn (after a song of Freedom) (Charles Villiers Stanford)
- List! Lady, be not coy (Robert Lucas Pearsall)
- Milton's prayer (John S. Wilson)
- Milton, Armed (Barbara Rosen)
- Now the bright morning star (Henry David Leslie)
- Now the bright morning star (Henry Hugh Pierson)
- Now the bright morning star (Maria Hester Park)
- Praise, O praise our God and King (Joseph Barnby)
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