A Dictionary of Puns in Milton’s English Poetry by Edward Semple Le Comte

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Old Fr. estonner, from L. extonare. Verity. (b) surprised. at least PR 2, 136 If he be man by mother's side at least, With more than human gifts from Heaven adorned, (a) Original comma after "least", implying that both of Jesus' parents were human (Gnostic or Ebionite heresy). (b) with comma placed after "side" instead, there is the Docetist heresy of denying any human parentage to Christ. Le Comte, "Satan's Heresies", p. 259. attempt: see tempted. attempted ii 357 where their weakness, how attempted best, By force or subtlety.

Bane bards: see steep (b). bases ix 36 Bases and tinsel trappings, gorgeous knights (a) long skirts of the horses' trappings or housing. Richardson. (b) knights' short skirts reaching from waist to knee. Todd. battening Lye, 29 Batt'ning our flocks with the fresh dews of night, (a) fattening up. (b) barring, enclosing ("with"= at the same time as). Daniels-VC. battle vi 386 the battle swerved, (a) fortunesofwar. (b) army (cf. battalion), as at 216. Hodge (Broadbent). beams vi 82 and nearer view Bristled with upright beams innumerable Of rigid spears, (a) the shafts of the spears.

Same ambiguity as L. altus, altissimus. Hodge (Broadbent). How art thou lost, how on a sudden lost, Defaced, deflow'red, and now to death devote! (a) disfigured, sin resulting in "a diminution of the majesty of the human countenance". De Doctrina Christiana, I, 12. Fowler. (b) proleptic, discountenanced, out of countenance, ashamed. defaced ix 901 defended xi 86 that defended fruit; (a) forbidden (Fr. defendre). (b) guarded (by some of those being addressed). 42 defensive far within defensive arms defensive SA, 1038 (a) serving, or meant, to protect.

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