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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

Designed by Lorenz Frölich, Albert Moore, W. Small,

Caroline Hullah, J. Jackson, C. J. Durham, and E. M. Wimperis. Engraved by W. J. Palmer.

SUBJECT ILLUSTRATED.

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PORTRAIT OF JOHN MILTON, FROM THE YANSER

PORTRAIT.

This is the month, and this the happy morn.
For so the holy sages once did sing.
See, how from far, upon the eastern road,
The star-led wisards haste with odours sweet.

EMBLEMATIC TITLE TO "THE HYMN."

It was the winter wild,

While the heaven-born child

All meanly wrapt in the rude manger lies.

INITIAL LETTER.

Nature, in awe to him,

Had doff'd her gaudy trim,

With her great Master so to sympathise.

BETHLEHEM.

The meek-ey'd Peace ;

She, crown'd with olive green, came softly

sliding

Down through the turning sphere,

His ready harbinger,

With turtle wing the amorous clouds dividing;

And, waving wide her myrtle wand,

She strikes an universal peace through sea

and land.

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The idle spear and shield were high up hung.

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The winds with wonder whist,

Smoothly the waters kist,

Whispering new joys to the mild ocean,

Who now hath quite forgot to rave,

While birds of calm sit brooding on the

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Stand fix'd in stedfast gaze,

Bending one way their precious influence;

And will not take their flight,

For all the morning light,

Or Lucifer that often warn'd them thence ;

But in their glimmering orbs did glow,

Until their Lord himself bespake, and bid

them go.

And, though the shady gloom

Had given day her room,

The sun himself withheld his wonted speed.

APOLLO CHECKING HIS STEEDS - ADAPTED

FROM FLAXMAN.

THE MORNING OF THE NATIVITY.

Full little thought they then,

That the mighty Pan

Was kindly come to live with them below. THE ADORATION OF PAN-ADAPTED FROM

FLAXMAN.

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Nature that heard such sound,

Beneath the hollow round

Of Cynthia's seat, the airy region thrilling. CYNTHIA-ADAPTED FROM HOPE.

MOONLIGHT.

At last surrounds their sight

A globe of circular light,

That with long beams the shame-fac'd night

array'd;

The helmed Cherubim,

And sworded Seraphim,

Are seen in glittering ranks with wings

display'd,

Harping in loud and solemn quire,

With unexpressive notes, to heaven's new-born

Heir.

And cast the dark foundations deep,

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Yea, Truth and Justice then

Will down return to men,

Orb'd in a rainbow; and, like glorious wear

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