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Imprison'd now indeed,
162. For inward light alas and supposed Milton meant by
Puts forth no visual beam.] visual ray the sight, or at least The expression is fine, and means thought himself at liberty to use the ray of light, which occasions it in that highly figurative sense. vision. Mr. Pope borrowed the See what is said on the passage expression in one of his juvenile in the last edition of Mr. Pope's poems,
works. Warburton. He from thick films shall purge the
172. Or the sphere of fortune
raises ;] Fortune is painted on And on the sightless eye-ball pour a globe, which by her influence the day.
is in a perpetual rotation on its Either he mistook his original, axis. Warburton.
178. He speaks,] We have autem ad Eumenem utrumque followed Milton's own edition ; genus hominum, et qui propter most of the others have it He odium fructum oculis ex ejus casu spake.
capere vellent, (see above, ver. 181. From Eshtaol and Zora's 112. to stare at my affliction,] fruitful vale] These were two et qui propter veterem amicitowns of the tribe of Dan, Josh. tiam colloqui consolarique cuperent. xix. 41. the latter the birth-place Corn. Nepos in vita Eumenis. of Samson, Judges xiii. 2. and Calton. they were near one another. And
184. -apt words have pow'r the Spirit of the Lord began to to swage &c.] Alluding to these move him at times in the camp of lines in Æschylus. Prom. Vinct. Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol, 377. Judges xiii. 25. And they were
Ουκουν Προμηθευ τουτο γινωσκεις, both situated in the valley, Josh.
Οργης νoσoυσης εισιν ιατροι λογοι. . xv. 33. and therefore the poet Or to this passage in Menander. with great exactness says
Eshtaol and Zora's fruitful vale.
Λογος γαρ εσσι λυπης φαρμακον μονον. . 182. To visit or bewail thee,]
Thyer. The poet dictated
Or perhaps to Horace, epist. i. i. To visit and bewail thee:
34. The purpose of their visit was to
Sunt verba et voces, quibus hunc Lewail him ; or if betler, (that is
lenire dolorem if they found it more proper,) to Possis, et magnam morbi deponere advise or comfort him. Veniebat
Bear in their superscription, (of the most
195. Yet that which was the being some cover to his shame worst now least afflicts me,] There and confusion. is no inconsistence in this with 210. Tax not divine disposal ; what he had said before, ver. 66. &c.] As this whole play, so --but chief of all,
particularly the part of the ChoO loss of sight, of thee I most com- rus, is written in the very spirit plain.
of the ancients, and is formed When he was by himself, he con- exactly according to the precepts sidered his blindness as the worst of Horace. De Arte Poet. 193. of evils; but now, upon his
Actoris partes Chorus, officiumqué friends coming in and seeing
virile him in this wretched condition,
Defendat ; neu quid medios interciit least offlicts me, says he, as nat actus,
Have err'd, and by bad women been deceiv'd;
Quod non proposito conducat et hæ- Afflicted worth, and impious pride reat apte.
depress. Jlle bonis faveatque, et concilietur Yet let their songs with apt coherence amice;
join, Et regat iratos, et amet pacare tu. Promote the plot, and aid the main mentes :
Francis. Ille dapes laudet mensæ brevis; ille Such is the character and office salubrem
of the Chorus, as prescribed by Justitiam, legesque, et apertis otia portis:
this great critic and poet, and it Ille tegat commissa, Deosque prece. was never exemplified more fully tur et oret,
than in the Chorus of Milton. Ut redeat miseris, abeat fortuna su,
216. - Philistian women rather] perbis.
So it is printed in Milton's own The Chorus must support an actor's edition, and woman is a mistake part;
of the other editions ;
for more Defend the virtuous, and advise with than one are mentioned afterGovern the choleric, the proud ap
wards. The first I saw at Timna, pease,
&c. ver. 219. the next I took to And the short feasts of frugal tables wife, &c. ver. 227. praise ;
219. The first I saw at Timna,] The laws and justice of well-govern’d Judg. xiv. 1. And Samson went
states, And peace triumphant with her open
down to Timnath, and saw a wogates.
man in Timnath of the daughters Intrusted secrets let them ne'er be. of the Philistines, &c. tray,
222. That what I motion'd was But to the righteous Gods with ardour of God ;] It was printed men
pray, That fortune with returning smiles tion'd, which is sense indeed, but
Milton himself in the table of
From intimate impulse, and therefore urg'd
Gave up my
errata substituted motion'd, which 241. That fault &c.] Milton is better: but the first error hath certainly intended to reproach still prevailed in all the editions. his countrymen indirectly, and
229. Was in the vale of Sorec, as plainly as he dared, with the Dalila,] Judg. xvi. 4. And it restoration of Charles II. which came to pass afterward, that he he accounted the restoration of loved a woman in the valley of slavery, and with the execution Sorek, whose name was Dalilah, of the regicides. He pursues &c.
the same subject again, 678 to 230.-my accomplish'd snare,] 700. I wonder how the liThere seems to be a quibble in censers of those days let it pass. the use of this epithet. War- Jortin. burton.