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As he suppos'd, all unobserv'd, unseen.
So on he fares, and to the border comes Of Eden, where delicious paradise, Now nearer, crowns with her enclosure green, As with a rural mound, the champain head Of a steep wilderness, whose hairy sides With thicket overgrown, grotesque and wild, Access deny’d; and over-head up-grew Insuperable highth of loftiest shade, Cedar, and pine, and fir, and branching palm, A sylvan scene, and, as the ranks ascend Shade above shade, a woody theatre Of stateliest view. Yet higher than their tops The verdurous wall of paradise up sprung; Which to our general sire gave prospect large Into his nether empire neighbouring round. And higher than that wall a circling row Of goodliest trees loaden with fairest fruit, Blossoms and fruits at once of golden hue Appear’d, with gay enamel'd colours mixt: On which the sun more glad impress'd his beams, 150 Than in fair evening cloud, or humid bow,
138 shade] shaft.' Bentl. MS. and again, ver. 141. “Shaft above shaft. 141 woody theatre) v. Senecæ Troades, ver. 1127.
• Erecta medium vallis includens locum,
Crescit theatri more.' Virg. Æn. v. 288. and Solini Polyhist. c. xxxviii. v. Lycophr. Cassandra, ver. 600.
θεατρομόρφω κλίτει. 151 in) Hume, Bentley, and Warton would read on fair evening cloud.'
When God hath shower'd the earth ; so lovely seem'd
162 Sabean odours] See Plin. Nat. Hist. lib. xii. c. 42. 19. · Magnique Alexandri classibus Arabiam odore primum nuntiatam in altum.' Compare a passage in Ovington's Voyage to Surat, p. 55 (1696). “We
. were pleased with the prospect of this island, because we had been long strangers to such a sight; and it gratified us with the fragrant smells which were wafted from the shore, from whence, at three leagues distance, we scented the odours of flowers and fresh herbs; and what is very observable, when after a tedious stretch at sea, we have deemed ourselves to be near land by our observation and course, our smell in dark and misty weather has outdone the acuteness of our sight, and we have discovered land by the fresh smells. before we discovered it with our eyes.' See also Davenport's City Night-cap,' act v.
« The Indian winds
Than Asmodeus with the fishy fume,
Now to th' ascent of that steep savage hill
way: One gate there only was, and that look'd east On th’ other side: which when th' arch-felon saw, Due entrance he disdain’d, and in contempt At one slight bound high overleap'd all bound Of hill or highest wall, and sheer within Lights on his feet. As when a prowling wolf, Whom hunger drives to seek new haunt for prey, , Watching where shepherds pen their flocks at eve 185 In hurdled cotes amid the field secure, Leaps o'er the fence with ease into the fold: Or as a thief bent to unhoard the cash Of some rich burgher, whose substantial doors, Cross-barr'd and bolted fast, fear no assault, In at the window climbs, or o'er the tiles : 183 wolf] 'Keen as the Evening wolf.'
Benlowe's Theophila, p. 44. 190 Cross-barr’d] ‘Cross-barr’d and double lockt.'
Heywood's Hierarchie, p. 510, folio, (1635). 191 In at the window) v. Spenser's Fairy Queen, lib. i. c. 3. ver. 17.
"He was to weet a stout and sturdy thief,
Then he by cunning slights in at the window crept.'
So clomb this first grand thief into God's fold;
up he flew, and on the Tree of Life, The middle tree and highest there that grew,
great Seleucia, built by Grecian kings,
Knowledge of good bought dear by knowing ill.
237 crisped brooks]
Tremuloque alarum remige crispat
A. Ramsæi Poem. Sacr. ed. Lauder, i. p. 3. 238 orient pearl] See Sir D. Lindsay, ed. Chalmers, ii. 327.
• Lyke orient perlis.' And Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, i. 5. “He kissed, the last of many doubled kisses, this orient pearl.'
Orient pearl was esteemed the most valuable. See Don Quixote (Shelton's Transl. vol. iv. p. 64.) •She wept not tears, but seed pearl, or morning dew: and he thought higher, that they were like oriental pearls.