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I have some naked thoughts that rove about,
That to the next I may resign my room.
whereof the eldest stood for Substance with his canons, which Ess, tbus speaking, explains:
Good luck befriend thee, son; for, at thy birth,
The faery ladies danced upon the hearth; 29. Yt I had rather, &c. It appears, 37. Unshorn Apollo, an epithet by which by this address of Milton to his native he is distinguished in the Greek and language, that even in these green years Latin poets. he had the ambition to think of writing 48. Demodocus, the famous bard of the an epic poem; and it is worth the curious Odyssey, who, according to the fashion reader's attention to observe how much of the heroic ages, delighted the guests the ** Paralise Lost" corresponds in its of Alcinous, during their repa-t, hy singcircuinstances to the prophetic wish he ing about the feats of the Greeks at the now formed.—THYER.
siege of Troy, the woouien horse, &c. See llere are strong indications of a young 0u. viii. 44. mind anticipating the subject of the 59. Good luck, &c. Here the metaphy. " Paradise Lost," if we substitute Chris- sical or logical Eus is introduced as a pertion for pagan ideas. He was now deep son, and addressing his eldest son Sul in the Greek poets.-T. WARTON.
stance; afterwards the logical Quantity,
Thy drowsy nurse hath sworn she did them spie
The next, QUANTITY and Quality, spake in prose; then RELATION was
called by his name.
Quality, and Relntion, are personifierl, diraments are his brethren; of or to and speak. This affectation will appear which he is the Subjectum, although first more excusable in Milton, if we recolleet in excellence or order. that every thing, in the masks of this 78. Ungratefully, &c. They cannot exage, appeared in a bodily shape. Airy ist but as inherent in Substance. Nothing" had not only a "local habita- 81. From others, &c. He is still sub tion and a name," but a visible figure.-stince, with or without Accident. T. WARTOV.
82. Yet on his brothers: By whom he is 61. Fuery ladies, &c. This is the first clothed, superinduced, modified, &e. But and last time that the system of the he is still the same.-T. WARTON. fairies was ever introluced to illustrate 88. Those that are at enmity. His Accithe doctrine of Aristotle's ten categories dents. It may be remarked that they both were 91. Rirers, arise, &c. Milton is sup in fushion, and both exploded, at the posed, in the invocation and assemblage same time.-T. WARTOY.
of these rivers, to have had an eye on 62. Come tripping, &c. So barren, un. Spenser's Episode of the Suptials of poetical, and abxtracted a subjert could Thaines and Melway, ** Frerie Queene," not have been worned with finer touchos iv. xj. I rather think he consulted Dray. of fancy.-T. Wartoy,
ton's "Polyolbion." It is hard to say, in 74. To many an Accident. A pun on what sense, or in what manner, this inthe logical Accidens.--T. WARTON,
troduction of the rivers was to be applied 76. O'er all his brethren, &c. The Pre- to the subject. -T. WARTON.
Or Trent, who, like some Earth-born giant, spreads
[The rest was prose.]
AN EPITAPH ON THE ADMIRABLE DRAMA
TICK POET WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE.*
* As to the “ Epitaph on Shakspeare," Hurd despises it too much. It is true that it is neither equal to the grand cast of Milton's poeins, nor worthy of the subject; but still it would honour most poets, except the last four lines, which are a poor conceit.- BRYDOES.
There first appeared among other recommendatory verses, prefixed to the folio edition of Shakspeare's plays in 1632; but without Milton's name or initials.
It is therefore the first of Milton's pieces that was published. I may here remark that it was with great difficulty and reluctance that Milton first appeared as an author Ile could not be prevailed upon to put his name to * Comus," his first performance of any length that was printed, notwithstanding the singular approbation with which it has been previously received in a long and extensive course of private cirrulation. “Lycidas,” in the Cambridge collection, is only subscribed with his initial, while most of the other contributors have left their names at full length.-T. WARTOX.
03. Or Ty nt. It is said that there were 96. Maiden's death. The maid is Sathirty sorts of fish in this river, and brina. See “ ('omus," 827. thirty religious houses on it- banks. 99. Humber loud. Humber, a Scythian These traditions, on which Milton has king, landed in Britain three hundred raised a noble imare, are a rebus on the years before the Roman invasion, and name of Trent.-T. WARTOS.
was drowned in this river by Locrine, 95. Or sullen Mole, &c. At Micklebam. after conquering king Albanaci.-T. WARnear Dorking in Surrey, the river Mole
TON, during the summer, except in heavy 100. Royal torer'd Thame, allurling to rains, sinke through its sandy beul into the royal towers of Windsor Castle upon & subterraneous and invisible channel. its banks. In winter it constantly keeps its cur- 5. Dear Son of Memory. He honours rent.-T. WARTOM.
his favourite Shakspeare with the same
ON THE UNIVERSITY CARRIER, OLD HOBSON,*
by reason of the plague.
ANOTHER ON THE SAME.*
* The two strange “Epitaphs on Hobson the Carrier," are unworthy of the author.--BRYDGES.
relation as the Muses themselves, who “Mr. Tobias Hobson, from whom we are called by the old poets “the daugh- have the expression, was a very honourters of Memory."-NEWTON.
able man, for I shall ever call the man 11, Unzulued, invaluable.
so who gets an estate honestly. Mr. To 8. Hobson's inn at London was the bins Hobson was a carrier; and, being a “Bull” in Bishop-rate street, where his man of great abilities and invention, and figure in fresco, with an inscription, was one that saw where there might good lately to be seen.-T. WARTON. The fol-profit arise, though the dulier med overlowing account of the origin of the looked it. this ingenious man was the pbrase “ Ilobson's choire," is to be found first in this island who let out hackneyin No. 509 of the Spectator:-“I shall horses. Ile lived in Cambridge: and, conclude this discourse with an explanas observing that the scholars rid hard, his tion of a proverb, which by vulgar manner was to keep a large stable of error is taken and used when a manis horses, with boots, bridles, and whips, to reduced to an extremity, whereas the furnish the gentlemen at once, without propriety of the maxim is to use it when going from college to college to borrow, you would say there is plenty, but you as they have done since the death of this biust make much a choice as not to hurt worthy man. I say, Mr. Holson kept another who is to come after you.
a stable of forty good cattle always 10
And, like an engine moved with wheel and weight,
n't carry, sure I'll ne'er be fetch'd;
ON THE NEW FORCERS OF CONSCIENCE
UNDER THE LONG PARLIAMENT.
And with stiff vows renounced his Liturgy,
From them whose sin ye envied, not abhorr’d;
To force our consciences that Christ set free,
ready and fit for travelling: hut, when which every man is to be his own priest. a man came for a horse, he was led into When these verses were written, which the stable, where there was great choice; form an irregular sonnet, presbyterianbut he obligel bim to take the horse ism was triumphant; and the independwhich stood next to the stable door; ents and the churchmen joined in one so that every customer was alike well common complaint against a want of Servei according to his chance, and every toleration. The church of Calvin had horse ridden with the same justice; from now its heretics. Milton's haughty trmwhence it became a proverb, when what per brooked no human control: even the ought to be your election was forced parliamentary hierarchy was too coercive upon you, to say, “ Hobson's choice." for one who acknowledged only king
1. Because, &c. In railing at estahlish. Jesus. His frowarl and refining philo ments, Milton condemned not episcopacy sophy was contented with no species of only: he thought even the simple insti. | carnal policy: conformity of all sorts tutions of the new Reformation too rigid was slavery. He was persua led that the and arbitrary for the natural freedom modern presbyter was as much calcuof conscience: he contended for that sort lated for persecution and oppression as of individual or personal religion, by the ancient bishop.-T Warton.