List of Abbreviations.
1. ‘The childhood shews the man" (1608-1625).
2. "To Cambridge . . . for seven years" (1625-1632).
3. "Studious Retirement": Hammersmith and Horton (1632-1638).
4. "I became desirous . . . of seeing foreign parts, especially Italy" (1638-1639).
5. "All mouths were opened against . . . the bishops" (1639-1642).
6. "Domestic or Personal Liberty" (1642-1645).
7. "Service . . . Between Private Walls" (1645-1649).
8. "The so-called Council of State . . . desired to employ my services" (1649- 1652).
9. "Tireless . . . for the sake of Liberty" (1652-1654).
10. "I . . . still bear up and steer/ Right onward" (1654-1658).
11 "The last words of our expiring libertie" (1658-1660).
12 "In darknes, and with dangers compast round" (1660-1665).
13. "Higher Argument": Completing and Publishing Paradise Lost (1665-1669).
14. "To try, and teach the erring Soul" (1669-1674).
Epilogue: "Something ... Written to Aftertimes.".
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