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SYLVARUM LIBER.

In obitum Procancellarii, medici.*

Anno Ætatis 17. PARERE fati discite legibus,

Manusque Parcæ jam date supplices,
Qui pendulum telluris orbem

Täpeti colitis nepotes.
Vos si relicto mors vaga Tænaro
Semel vocarit flebilis, heu mora
Tentantur incassum, dolique;

Per tenebras Stygis ire certum est.
Si destinatam pellere dextera
Mortem valeret, non ferus Hercules,

Nessi venenatus cruore,

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* This Ode is on the death of " parted this life the 21 of Oct. Doctor John Goslyn, Master of “ 1626, and his funerall soCaius College, and King's Pro- lemnized the 16th of Nov. folfessor of Medicine at Cambridge; lowing. And so it stands in who died while a second time “ the College Gesta-Book. He Vice-Chancellor of that Univer- was a Norwich man, and ma-, sity, in October, 1626. See Ful- « triculated Dec. 3, 1582. A ler's Hist. Cambr. p. 164. Milton “ benefactor to Caius' and Cawas now seventeen. But he is of therine-Hall; at which last here called sixteen in the edi- you once dined at his expence, tions of 1645 and 1673.

« and saw his old wooden picI am favoured in a letter from “ ture in the Combination room. Doctor Farmer with these in- 11. Horace, Epod. xvii. 31. formations. " I find in Baker's “ MSS. vol. xxviii. Chargis of

Atro delibutus Hercules

Nessi cruore. buryall and funeral of my bro" ther Doctor Gostlin, who de. On this fable of Hercules, our VOL. IV.

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Æmathia jacuisset Oeta.
Nec fraude turpi Palladis invidæ
Vidisset occisum Ilion Hectora, aut
Quem larva Pelidis peremit

Ense Locro, Jove lacrymante.
Si triste fatum verba Hecateľa
Fugare possint, Telegoni parens
Vixisset infamis, potentique

Ægiali soror usa virga.
Numenque trinum fallere si queant
Artes medentum, ignotaque gramina,
Non
gnarus

herbarum Machaon Eurypyli cecidisset hasta : Læsisset et nec te, Philyreie,

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author grounds a comparison, 22. Arles medentum, ignotaque Par. Lost, ii. 543. Felt th' gramina,] Not so much the "envenom'd robe, &c.”

power, as the skill, of medicine. 15. Quem larvá Pelidis pere- This appears from the names mit, &c.] Sarpedon, who was which follow. slain by Patroclus, disguised in 23. Machaon, &c.] Mathe armour of Achilles. At his chaon, the son of Æsculapius, death his father wept a shower one of the Grecian leaders at the of blood. See the sixteenth Iliad. siege of Troy, and a physician,

17. Si triste fatum, &c.] “ Ifin. was killed by Eurypylus. See “chantments could have stopped the Iliad. But the death of Ma

death, Circe, the mother of chaon, by the spear of Eurypy“Telegonus by Ulysses, would lus, is not in the Iliad, but in “have still lived; and Medea, Quintus Calaber, where it is “the sister of Ægialus or Ab- circumstantially related, as Mr.

syrtus, with her magical rod.” Steevens remarks, Paralip. vi. Telegonus killed his father Ulys- 406. I must add, that Quintus ses, and is the same who is called Calaber is not an author at preparricida by Horace. Milton de- sent very familiar to boys of nominates Circe Telegoni parens, seventeen. According to Philips, from Ovid, Epist. Pont. iii. i. 123. he was one of the classics whom Telegonique `parens vertendis nota Milton taught in his school. figuris.

“ Quintus Calaber his poem of 17. -verba Hecateïa] Ovid, “the Trojan War continued from Metam. xiv. 44.

“ Homer."

Life, p. xvii. -Hecateia carmina miscet.

25. -Philyrcie, &c.] Chiron,

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Sagitta Echidnæ perlita sanguine,
Nec tela te fulmenque avitum,

Cæse puer genitricis alvo.
Tuque 0 alumno major Apolline,
Gentis togatæ cui regimen datum,
Frondosa quem nunc Cirrha luget,

Et mediis Helicon in undis,
Jam præfuisses Palladio gregi
Lætus, superstes, nec sine gloria';
Nec puppe lustrasses Charontis

Horribiles barathri recessus.

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the son of Philyra, a precep It should be remembered, that tor in medicine, was incurably the word alumnus is more extenwounded by Hercules, with a sively, favourite, votary, &c. dart dipped in the poisonous In Milton's Latin poems, it is blood of the serpent of Lerna. often difficult to ascertain the See above, El. iv. 27.

names of persons and places. To 27. Nec tela te, &c.] Æscula- shew his learning, he frequently pius, who was cut out of his clouds his meaning by obscure mother's womb by his father or obsolete patronymics, and by Apollo. Jupiter struck him dead the substitution of appellations with lightning, for restoring formed from remote genealogical, Hippolytus to life.

historical, and even geographical 29. Tuque O] O is here open allusions. But this was one of in a situation in which it is never Ovid's affectations. found open in the Roman classics. Milton's habitual propensity to Symmons.

classical illustration, more parti29. Tuque 0 alumno major Apol- cularly from the Grecian story, line,] Certainly we should read appears even in his State Letters Apollinis. But who was this pu- written for Cromwell. In one of pil of Apollo in medicine? Had them, Cromwell congratulates it been #sculapius, the transition King Charles Gustavus on the would have been more easy. But birth of a son in the midst of . Æsculapius was sent by Apollo other good news, 1655. In this, to Chiron, to be educated in that says he, you resemble Philip of art. I think therefore, although Macedon, who at one and the Milton's allusions in these pieces same time received the tidings are chiefly to established Gre- of Alexander's birth and the concian fable, we should here un- quest of the Illyrians. Prose W. derstand Virgil's Iapis, who was ii. 445. Phoebo ante alios dilectus, and to 29. Admitting Warton's sense whom he imparted suas artes, of alumnus, it is evident that sua munera. Æn. xii. 391. seq. Æsculapius is here intended. E.

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At fila rupit Persephone tua,
Irata, cum te viderit, artibus,
Succoque pollenti, tot atris

Faucibus eripuisse mortis.
Colende Præses, membra precor tua.
Molli quiescant cespite, et ex tuo
Crescant rosæ, calthæque busto,

Purpureoque hyacinthus ore. Sit mite de te judicium Æaci, Subrideatque Ætnæa Proserpina ; Interque felices perennis

Elysio spatiere campo.

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In Quintum Novembris.* Anno Ætatis 17.
JAM pius extrema veniens Täcobus ab arcto,
Teucrigenas populos, lateque patentia regna
Albionum tenuit, jamque inviolabile fædus
Sceptra Caledoniis conjunxerat Anglica Scotis:
Pacificusque novo, felix divesque, sedebat
In solio, occultique doli securus et hostis :
Cum ferus ignifluo regnans Acheronte tyrannus,
Eumenidum pater, æthereo vagus exul Olympo,
Forte per immensum terrarum erraverat orbem,
Dinumerans sceleris socios, vernasque fideles,
Participes regni post funera mæsta futuros :
Hic tempestates medio ciet aëre diras,
Illic unanimes odium struit inter amicos,
Armat et invictas in mutua viscera gentes;

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43. The thought is in Juvenal expedition of Satan, may be conand Persius.

sidered as an early and promising

prolusion of Milton's genius to * This little poem, as contain- the Paradise Lost. ing a council, conspiracy, and

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Regnaque olivifera vertit florentia pace:
Et quoscunque

videt
puræ

virtutis amantes,
Hos cupit adjicere imperio, fraudumque magister
Tentat inaccessum sceleri corrumpere pectus ;
Insidiasque locat tacitas, cassesque latentes
Tendit, ut incautos rapiat, ceu Caspia tigris
Insequitur trepidam deserta per avia prædam
Nocte sub illuni, et somno nictantibus astris.
Talibus infestat populos Summanus et urbes,
Cinctus cæruleæ fumanti turbine flammæ.
Jamque fluentisonis albentia rupibus arva
Apparent, et terra Deo dilecta marino,
Cui nomen dederat quondam Neptunia proles ;
Amphitryoniaden qui non dubitavit atrocem,
Æquore tranato, füriali poscere bello,
Ante expugnatæ crudelia sæcula Trojæ.

At simul hanc, opibusque et festa pace beatam,

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ab arvis.

15. Regnaque olivifera' vertit occurs in Plautus, Cicero, Plivy, florentia pace :] Olivifer is an and other ancient critics. Ovidian epithet, Fast. iii. 151. 27. Cui nomen dederat quondam Primus oliviferis Romam deductus Neptunia proles ;]

“ Albion a

giant, son of Neptune, who And in the Ibis, Olivifera Si- “ called the [this] island after cyone," v. 317. A great

fault “ his own name, and ruled it of the versification of this

poem

“ forty-four years. Till at length is, that it is too monotonous, and passing over into Gaul, in aid that there is no intermixture of « of his brother Lestrygon, a variety of pauses. But it against whom Hercules was should be remembered, that “hasting out of Spain into Italy, young writers are misled by “ he was there slain in fight, specious beauties.

“ &c.” Milton's Hist. Engl. b. i. 23. -populos Summanus et Prose Works, ii. 2. Drayton urbes,] Summanus is an obso- has the same fable, Polyolb. s. lete and uncommon name for xviii. Pluto, or the god of ghosts and 31. At simul hanc, opibusque night, summus manium, which et festa pace beatam, &c.] The Milton most probably had from whole context is from Ovid's Ovid, Fast. vi. 731. The name Envy, Metam. ii. 794.

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