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Thamesis ad incunabula
Modo quis deus, aut editus deo,
18. Thamesis ad incunabula] of popular faction. If there was The Thames, or Isis, rises not anarchy on one part, there was very many miles west of Oxford tyranny on the other: the disabout Cricklade in Gloucester- pute was a conflict “between shire. Unless he means the junc- governors who ruled by will tion of Tame and Isis, fancifully “ not by law, and subjects who supposed to produce Thamesis, “would not suffer the law itself at Dorchester near Oxford. “ to control their actions." Bal
29. Tollat nefandos civium tu- guy's Sermons, p. 55. multus, &c.] I fear Milton is here 33. Immundasque volucres, &c.] complaining of evils, which his He has almost a similar allusion own principles contributed either in the Reason of Church Governto produce or promote. But his ment, &c. He compares prelacy illustrations are so beautiful, that to the python, and adds, " till we forget his politics in his po- “ like that fen-born serpent she etry
“ be shot to death with the darts In reflecting, however, on those
“ of the
and evils, I cannot entirely impute “ erful beams of God's word." their origin to a growing spirit. Prose Works, i: 74.
Figat Apollinea pharetra,
Quin tu, libelle, nuntii licet mala
te latebra, forsan unde vili
Nam te Roüsius sui
46. -remige penna :) See the temple at Delphi, are often ponote on a kindred allusion in etically described in the lon. See Paradise Lost, “ his sail-broad particularly, v. 185. seq. v. 1146.
vans," b. ii. 927. See Observat. seq. Its images of gold are menSpenser's F. Q. ii. 207. And note tioned in the Phænissæ, v. 228. on v. 208. Quint. Novembr. The riches of the treasures of
55. The paintings, statues, this celebrated shrine were protapestry, tripods, and other in- verbial even in the days of Hoestimable furniture of Apollo's mer, Il. b. ix. 404. All these
Quam cui præfuit lön,
70 were offerings, Avatonpeccta, Dona left his library to the British Delphica, made by eminent per- Museum. It has Milton's name, sonages who visited the temple, with the price of the book, viz. A curious Memoir has been writ- 12s. 6d. Also the date 1634, ten by Mons. Valois, De richesses (the year in which Comus was du Temple des Delphes, et des dif- written,) all in his own band. ferens pillages qui en ont etè faits. Some of the marginal notes have.
Milton was a reader of Eu- been adopted by Joshua Barnes, ripides, not only with the taste in his Euripides. Others have of a poet, but with the minute been lately printed by Mr. Jodness of a Greek critic. His Eu- rell. Milton's daughter Deborah, ripides in two volumes, Paul who used to read to him, related, Stephens's quarto edition, 1602, that he was most delighted with with many marginal emenda- Homer, whom he could almost tions in his own hand, is now. entirely repeat; and next, with the property of Mr. Cradock, of Ovid's Metamorphoses and EuGumly in Leicestershire. From ripides. See note on the Nathe library of the learned Bishop tivity, v. 180. Hare, who died in 1740, it passed 56. Quam cui præfuit Iön, &c.] into the shop. of John Whiston Ion the treasurer of the Delphic the bookseller ; whence it was temple, abounding in riches. Eupurchased by Doctor Birch, the ripides's tragedy of lon evidently publisher of Milton's Prose occasioned this allusion. EuripiWorks, April 12, 1754. Birch des calls Ion, Xevropunamu, v. 54.
Authorum, Graiæ simul et Latinæ
Vos tandem haud vacui mei labores,
Ode tribus constat Strophis, totidemque Antistrophis, una demum Epodo clausis, quas tametsi omnes nec versuum numero, nec certis ubique colis exacte respondeant, ita tamen secuimus, commode legendi potius, quam ad antiquos concinendi modos rationem spectantes. Alioquin hoc genus rectius fortasse dici monostrophicum debuerat. Metra partim sunt natà oxéoiv, partim á Toledujéva. Phaleucia quæ sunt, Spondæum tertio loco bis admittunt, quod idem in secundo loco Catullus ad libitum fecit.
78. If he meant this verse for Life of Milton, p. 281–284. ed. an hendecasyllable, there is a 2d. E. false quantity in solers. The first 86. The reader will recollect, syllable is notoriously long. that this Ode was written and
78. See a long and learned sent in 1646. Milton here alludes criticism upon the measures of to the severe censures wbich he this Ode in note (r), Symmons's had lately suffered, not only from « He
the episcopal but even froin the And the preceding Sonnet on presbyterian party. About the the same subject is thus entitled, year 1641, our author, well « On the Detraction which folknowing how much the puritans “ lowed upon my writing cerwanted the assistance of abilities “ tain Treatises.' and learning, attacked the order But these were only the of bishops and the intire constitu- beginnings of obloquy. He was tion of the Church of England, again to appeal to posterity for in three or four large and indulgence. Evil Tongues, tolaboured treatises. One of these, gether with many Evil Days, his Reply to Bishop Hall's Re- were still in reserve.
The commonstrance, was answered the monwealth was to be disannulled, same year by an anonymous and monarchy to be restored. antagonist, supposed to be the The Defence of the King's bishop's son; who calls Milton Murder was not yet burnt by a blasphemer, a drunkard, a the common hangman. In the profane swearer, and a frequenter year 1676, his official Latin of brothels, asserting at the same Letters were printed. In the time, that he was expelled the Preface, the editor says of the University of Cambridge for a author, “ Est forsan dignissimus perpetual course of riot and qui ab omnibus legeretur Mildebauchery. About the year tonus, nisi styli sui facundiam 1644, Milton published his tracts “ et puritatem turpissimis moribus on Divorce. Here he quarrelled “ inquinasset." Winstanly thus with his own friends. These characterises our author, pieces were instantly anathema- “ is one whose natural parts tised by the thụnder of the “might deservedly give him presbyterian clergy, from the "a place among the principal of pulpit, the press, and the tribunal our English poets. But his. of the Assembly of Divines at o fame is gone out like a candle Westminster. By the leaders of
« in a snuff, and his memory that persuasion, who were now « will always, stink, which might predominant, and who began in “ have ever lived in honourable their turn to find that novelties “ repute, had he not been a were dangerous, he was even “ notorious traytor, &c." Lives, summoned before the House of of the Poets, p. 175. edit. 1687. Lords. It is in reference to the I mention these descriptions rough and perhaps undeserved of Milton, among many others, treatment which he received, in of a like kind which appeared consequence of the publication soon after his death, because of these dissertations in defence they probably contain the tone of domestic liberty, that he com- of the public opinion, and seem plains in his twelfth Sonnet. to represent the general and I did but prompt the age to quit their established estimation of his. clogs
character at that time; and as By the known rules of ancient they are here delivered dispasliberty,
sionately, and not thrown out in When strait a barbarous noise en.
the heat of controversy and caOf owls and cuckows, asses, apes,
lumniation, and dogs, &c.
Upon the whole, and with