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IN the Oxford Standard Edition of Milton's poems, the concluding line of `Lycidas, reads
To morrow to fresh Woods, and Pastures new.
And thus, with some variation in pointing and capitalization, the line reads in a score of other British and American editions of Milton that I have consulted.
One wonders, therefore, why the line is four times cited in a popular Victorian periodical - Dickens's Household Words with the reading
fresh fields and pastures new.
The four Household Words writers who replaced `fresh woods, by the alliterative `fresh fields, were William Howitt, Charles Kent, Robert Barnabas Brough, and Samuel Sidney.(1) …