BY DR. J. VELDKAMP If one should wish to characterize MILTON, it would be difficult indeed to find a name that would better express the impression which his personality and life make on us than that of the hero of one of his great poems, the autobiographical, lyric drama, Samson Agonistes. Samson, the lonely blind giant. Samson, the Champion. The Champion of a great cause, which was seemingly doomed to ruin, but too vital, too essentially necessary for mankind, to die. A lonely champion he was. No matter whether one asks: Who was MILTON? Or: What was MILTON? The answer is always and only: MILTON. And if you inquire: who was standing by him in the great spiritual struggle of his life as the champion of liberty, religious and political? the answer is: nobody; it was only MILTON, just MILTON. Of him can be said what we read of the son of Hagar: his hand was against everybody and everybody's hand was against him. This of course does not detract anything from the comfort his second and his third wife and some young amanuenses were to him in his domestic life and in his grievous handicap from his
Philosophia Reformata – Brill
Published: Feb 20, 1958
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