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Methought I Saw my Late Espoused Saint (Sonnet 23)

Methought I Saw my Late Espoused Saint (Sonnet 23)

by John Milton

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Her face was veil'd, yet to my fancied sight,
Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shin'd
So clear as in no face with more delight. (10-12)

In her "person," the speaker is able to perceive his wife's virtues, rather than her physical features. The seamlessness between his wife's body and soul suggests a Christian idea of heaven as a place in which physical barriers are removed. By contrast, the veil before his wife's face may symbolize the speaker's earthly, un-saved state, which prevents him from totally achieving Heavenly vision.

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