Notes

I Christopher Hill, The Collected Essays of Christopher Hill, vol. z Religion and Politics in ijth Century England (Brighton Harvester, 1986), p. 17. z Christopher Hill and Edmund Dell (eds.), The Good Old Cause The English Revolution of 1640-1660, znd edn (London Cass, 1969), pp. 178, 173. 3 John Milton Complete Poems and Major Prose, ed. M. Y. Hughes (Indianapolis and New York Odyssey, 1957), pp. 671,670 all quotations from Milton's poetry and prose are from this edition. 4 John Donne, ed....

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