He spoke to the sailors, and at the first sound of his dovelike
, cooing voice they paused to hear.
John Milton prosecutes a similar approach without falling under suspicion: no one questions the identity of the "heavenly Muse" who "Wast present, and, with mighty wings outspread, Dovelike
sat'st brooding on the vast Abyss" (Milton 1.
Subsequently, in Milton (31/34:1-3, E 130) "the weak & weary" as "Women & Children" are "taken away on wings / Of dovelike
softness," pertinent to the Angel or Cherubim with halo and downy wings full of star-eyes illustrated by Blake for Milton's design in Il Penseroso (146-50), where "dewy-feather'd Sleep" lets some "mysterious dream / Wave at his Wings in Airy stream," and these wings engender a dream "Soft on .
This voice hits all registers, from the dovelike
cooing of the tenderest soul to the most cutting tone of presumption.
1:9-11) will give you dovelike
protection while your serpentine wariness slips into gear.