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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;
And, though the shady gloom
The sun himself withheld his wonted speed;
The new-enlighten’d world no more should need:
The shepherds on the lawn,
Sat simply chatting in a rustick row;
Was kindly come to live with them below:
As never was by mortal finger strook;
As all their souls in blissful rapture took:
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 Hilton's pohle poetry the essence of descriptive poetry. there are few passages finer than this.- 89. That the mighty Puin, &c. That is, BEYDGER.
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
silver chime Move in melodious time;
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 Arcules, | means spots, the marks of disease 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 here the first
Orb'd in a rainbow; and, like glories wearing,
With radiant feet the tissued clouds down steering;
wide the gates of her high palace hall.
But wisest Fate says no,
The Babe yet lies in smiling infancy,
So both himself and us to glorify:
With such a horrid clang
While the red fire and smouldering clouds out brake:
Shall from the surface to the centre shake;
But now begins; for, from this happy day,
Not half so far casts his usurped sway,
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 trending on Satan, fully rose, when he began to exercise his who has such a tail as is here describedministry.--DUNSTER.
Jos Warton. The word swindge is now 146. 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 engaged, by the WARTON.
air of solemnity and enthusiasm that 172. Swindges the scaly horrour, &c. reigns in this stanza and some that folThis strong image is copied from the de- low. Such is the power of true poetry, Beriptious 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.
With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving.
The lonely mountains o'er,
A voice of weeping heard and loud lament;
The parting Genius is with sighing sent:
In consecrated earth,
The Lars and Lemures moan with midnight plaint:
Affrights the Flamens at their service quaint;
Peor and Baälim
With that twice-batter'd god of Palestine;
Now sits not girt with tapers' holy shine:
And sullen Moloch, fled,
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. Heaven'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. Moomed, taken for the moon. “Mil- 205. Moloch. See Par. Lost, i.392. Mil.
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:
He feels from Juda's land
The rays of Bethlehem blind his dusky eyn:
Not Typhon huge ending in snaky twine:
So, when the sun in bed,
Pillows his chin upon an orient wave,
Each fetter'd ghost slips to his several grave;
But see, the Virgin blest
Time is, our tedious song should here have ending:
Her sleeping Lord with handmaid lamp attending;
ton, like a trur poet, in descriling the 235 Fayes. It is a very poetical mode Syrian superstitions, selects su h as were of expressing the departure of the fairies most susteptible of poetical enlargement: at the approach of morning, to say that and which, frm the wildness of their they fly after the stands of Night.-T. ceremonies, were most interesting to the WARTON.-242. Handmuid lump; alludtheru being no rain Egypt Chery bei Wolin in Elve. Enshower'd, in pesha'i he toobe, parable of the Ten