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a.1.Pertaining to Aonia, in BŒotia, or to the Muses, who were supposed to dwell there.
Aonian fount
the fountain of Aganippe, at the foot of Mount Helicon, not far from Thebes, and sacred to the Muses.
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Of Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast Brought Death into the World, and all our woe, With loss of EDEN, till one greater Man Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat, Sing Heav'nly Muse, that on the secret top Of OREB, or of SINAI, didst inspire That Shepherd, who first taught the chosen Seed, In the Beginning how the Heav'ns and Earth Rose out of CHAOS: Or if SION Hill Delight thee more, and SILOA'S Brook that flow'd Fast by the Oracle of God; I thence Invoke thy aid to my adventrous Song, That with no middle flight intends to soar Above th' AONIAN Mount, while it pursues Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhime.
Gain hurt thee, Polydorus; his wicked consort's gain sent her spouse against Aonian arms.
Aware of his enrichment by the classical tradition, Milton nevertheless intended to soar "Above the Aonian mount," or to place the Bible above the classics in his epic subject (6) Extending Parker's fine insight, we might compare Erasmus' description of scripture as a "songe" that can "entyse and move the mindes of all men" (74) to Milton's sense of being "Smit with the love of sacred song" in Paradise Lost (3: 29), and to his praise of "Sion's songs" in Paradise Regained (4: 347).