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Created hugest that swim the ocean stream:
Is this the region, this the soil, the clime,
204. Vight-founder'd. A ship is said to
For certain forinder at sea. (from the French fondre, Either some one like us night forender'd here. to melt, to fall,) when she is overtaken
Line 483. by a leak, fills, and sinks. So she is here 232. Pelorrus. Pilorus was the north. said to be nighl-founder'd, when she is eastern promontory of Sicily. “Here overtaken by the night, and is stopped, agnin Milton brings in his learned alluDot knowing which way to go. The wune lsions and illustrations: the picture is phrase is Owed in Comus. The two bro- highly poctical and sublime."-BRIDGES. thers in the night have lost their way in 210. Reenrered, resumed, self-raised, the wool: one hears a noise, and asks self-recovered. what it ig. The other replies
For that celestial light? Be it so, since he,
So Satan spake, and him Beelzebub
IIe scarce had ceased, when the superioar fiend
219. Farewell, happy firlds. The pathos 289. Fesolé. A town near Florence of this passage is exquisite.--BRYDES. “ We are here in Arno's vale, (Vildarno ;)
286. The broad circumference, &c. Here the full moom shining over Ferolé, which Milton shines in all his majestic splen- I see from my windows; Milton's verses dour: his mighty imagination almost er every moment in one's month, and Guli cels itself. There is indescribable magic leo's house twenty yants from one's door." in this picture.-BRYDGES.
1-MRS. PIOZZI'S * Journey through Italy."
Or in Valdarno, to descry new lands,
293. Norwegian hills. The hills of Norbower,' has been rendered classical by way abound in vast woods, from whence the immortal verse of Milton, who is are brought masts of the largest size, supposed to have drawn from it his pic“ The annotators leave unnoticed the ture of Paradise, when he describes it marvellous grandeur of this description,
shade above shade while they babble on petty technicalities. A woody theatre of stateliest view." The walking over the burning marle is
MURRAY. astonishing and tremendous."--BRYDGES.
302. Thick as autumnal leares. “Here 305. Orion. This constellation was supwe see the impression of scenery made posed to be attended with stormy weaupon Milton's mind in his youth when ther. he was at Florence. This is a favourite 307. Busiris. Pharaoh is called by some passage with all readers of descriptive writers Busiris; and he is here said to poetry." --Sir E. BRYDGES. "The situa-have pursued the Israelites with perfidition of Florence is peculiarly happy in ous hatred, because, after having hiven the vale of Arno, which forms one con- them leave to depart, he followed them tinue interrhange of garden and grove, as fugitives. encloseri by hills and distant mountains. 311. The hollow deep. This magnifVallombrosa, (a vale about eighteen miles cent call of Satan to his prostrate host distant,) a grand and solemn scene, where could have been written by nobody but Etrurian shades high over-archod im- Milton.-BRIDGES.
With scatter'd arms and ensigns, till anon
They heard, and were abash'd, and up they sprung
338. Potent rol. See Ex. x. 13. | the German. The barbarous sons of the
311. Warping. Working themselves for great "northern hive" were the Goths, warl; a sea-term.
the luns, and the Vandals, who uverran 33), Rhene or the Dunaro. lle might all the provinces of Southern Europe, anre said Rhine or the Danube, but he destroying all the monuments of learnchose Rhene of the Latin and Danaw of ing and the arts that came in their way. 392. Moloch was the god of the Ammon- of Jerusalem, where the Canaanites and ites, 1 kings xi. 7) and was worshipped afterwards the Israelites offered their chil in Rabba, their capital city, called the dren to Moloch. The good king Josiah 6 city of waters," 2 Sam. xii. 27. The idol defilod this place, by casting into it the of this deity was of brass, sitting on a boney of the dead and other disgusting throne, and wearing a crown, having the refuse substances of a large city. A per. her of a calf, and his arms extended to petual fire was kept there to consume receive the miserable victims which were these things, and hence under the name to be sacrificed; and therefore it is here of Gehennu it is frequently alluded to in probably styled * his grin idol," 2 Kings the New Testament as a type of Hell. xxiii. 10; see also Jer, vii. 31.
Oft to the image of a brute, adorn'd
It was al-o called Tophet, from the llo338. Argob was a city to the east of the brew Toph, a drum; since drums and Jordan, and in the district Bashan. The such like noisy instruments were used river Arnon was the northern boundary to drown the cries of the miserable chil. of Moab and emptied into the Dead Sea, dren who were offered to the idol here.
400. Solomon built a temple to Moloch 406. Chemos is the god of the Moabites, on the Mount of Olives, (1 Kings xi. 7) and is mentioned with Moloch in 1 Kings which is therefore called "that opprobri- xi. 7. Some suppose him to be the same bus hill."
as that most shauneful divinity, Priapus, 404. The valley of Hinnom was south and therefore here called the obscene dread.