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The winds, with wonder whist,
Whispering new joys to the mild ocean,
The stars with deep amaze,
Bending one way their precious influence;
Or Lucifer, that often warn'd them thence;
The sun himself withheld his wonted speed;
The new-enlighten'd world no more should need:
Sat simply chatting in a rustick row;
Was kindly come to live with them below:
When such musick sweet
05 Divinely-warbled voice Answering the stringed noise,
As all their souls in blissful rapture took: The air, such pleasure loth to lose, With thousand echoes still prolongs each heavenly close. 100
can be more poetically grand then this | glorious line. The whole stanza breathes stanza. In all Milton's poble poetry the essence of descriptive poetry. there are few passages finer than this. 89. That the mighty Pin, ac. That is, BEYDGES.
to live with the shepherds on the lawn. 68. While birds of calm, &c. Another Christ is frequently styled “the Shep
herd" in the Scriptures.
Nature, that heard such sound,
Of Cynthia's seat, the aery region thrilling,
And that her reign had here its last fulfilling:
At last surrounds their sight
That with long beams the shamefaced night array'd;
Are seen in glittering ranks with wings display'd,
But when of old the sons of morning sung,
And the well-balanced world on hinges hung;
If ye have power to touch our senses so;
And let the bass of Heaven's deep organ blow;
Time will run back, and fetch the age of gold;
And leprous Sin will melt from earthly mould;
And leave her dolorous mansions to the peering day. 140 131. Ninefold harmony. See Arcales, means spots, the marks of discuse and line 62.
corruption, and the symptoms of ap136. Speckled Vanity. Vanity dressed proaching death.--T. WARTON. in a variety of gaudy colours: unless he | 140. The peering day is nere the first dawn of the Gospel, by the birth of the is a fine picture by Guido, representing Redemer. The Sun of Righteousness Michael the arch-angel treading on Satan, fully rose, when he began to exercise his who has such a tail as is here (describedministry.--DUNSTER.
Orb'd in a rainbow; and, like glories wearing,
With radiant feet the tissued clouds down steering;
The Babe yet lies in smiling infancy,
So both himself and us to glorify:
155 The wakeful trump of doom must thunder through the deep;
While the red fire and smouldering clouds out brake: The aged earth aghast,
160 With terrour of that blast,
Shall from the surface to the centre shake;
But now begins; for, from this happy day,
Not half so far casts his usurped sway,
Jos WARTOX. The word swindge is now 140. With radiant feet. Is. lii. 7.
spelt without the d. 156. The wakeful trump, &c. A line of 173. The oracles, &c. Attention is irregreat energy, elegant and sublime.-T. sistibly awakened and engnged, by the WARTON,
air of solemnity and enthusiasm that 172. Swindges the scaly horrour, &c. reigns in this stanza and some that fol. This strong inage is copied from the de low. Such is the power of true poetry, Kcriptious of serpents and drayons in the that one is almost inclined to believe the old Romances and in Ariosto. There superstitions real.-Jos. WARTON.
Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving. 175 Apollo from his shrine Can no more divine,
With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving. No nightly trance, or breathed spell, Inspires the pale-eyed priest from the prophetick cell. 180
xx. The lonely mountains o'er, And the resounding shore,
A voice of weeping heard and loud lament;
The parting Genius is with sighing sent:
The Lars and Lemures moan with midnight plaint:
Affrights the Flamens at their service quaint;
With that twice-batter'd god of Palestine;
Now sits not girt with tapers' holy shine:
His burning idol all of blackest hue:
In dismal dance about the furnace blue:
183. A roice of weeping, &c. Matt. ii. 18. ton added this word to our language." 191. The Lars (or rather Lares) and TODD. Lemures were heathen household gods. 201. Hraren's queen and mother. She
197. Per. See Paradise Lost, i. +12. was called regina cali and mater Deum.
199, Twice-batter'd god, Dagon. See 202. Shine is used by many of the old 1 Sam. v.3, 4.
writers as a noun. 200. Mooned, taken for the moon. “Mil. 1 205. Moloch. See Par. Lost, i.392. Mil. ton, like a trur poet. in describing the 235 Foyes. It is a very poetical mode Syrian superstitips, selects ruh is were of expressing the departure of the fairies most susceptible of poetical enlargement: at the approach of morning, to say that and which, from the wildness of their they fly after the stands of Wight.-T. Ceremonies, were most interesting to the WARTOX.--212. Handmaid lump; alludfancy.--T. WAKI . -- 215. Inshower'd, ing, perhaps to the parable of the Ten theru being no rain in Egypt.
The brutish gods of Nile as fast,
Nor is Osiris seen
Trampling the unshower'd grass with lowings loud: 215
Nought but profoundest hell can be his shroud:
The rays of Bethlehem blind his dusky eyn:
Not Typhon huge ending in snaky twine:
So, when the sun in bed,
Each fetter'd ghost slips to his several grave; And the yellow-skirted Fayes Fly after the night-steeds, leaving their moon-lov'd maze.
Time is, our tedious song should here have ending:
Her sleeping Lord with handmaid lamp attending;
Virgins in the Gospel.