Milton, John, one of the greatest of English
poets, is known to hymnologists as the
author of nineteen versions of various
Psalms, which appeared in his Poems in
English and Latin, second edition, 1673.
Two or three of them have been extensively
used. Milton was born in London December
9, 1608; and died in the same city November
8, 1674. He was educated at Cambridge.
After graduating he traveled extensively
for those days. He was a Puritan
in religion and a Republican in politics;
was in public service under Cromwell,
and narrowly escaped death or banishment
at the Restoration. In 1652 he became totally
blind; but his poetic vision seemed to
be only quickened thereby, and he wrote
in Paradise Lost "things unattempted yet
in prose or rhyme."
|The Lord will come and not be slow