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Whereon I live, thy gentle looks, thy aid,
Thy counsel in this uttermost distress,

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My only strength and stay: forlorn of thee,
Whither shall I betake me, where subfift?
While yet we live, scarce one short hour perhaps,
Between us two let there be peace, both joining,
As join'd in injuries, one enmity

925 Against a foe by doom express assign'd us, That cruel Serpent: On me exercise not Thy hatred for this misery befall’n, On me already lost, me than thyself More miserable ; both have finn'd, but thou

930 Against God only', I against God and thee, And to the place of judgment will return, There with my cries importune Heav'n, that all

The oppofition to both; both joining one here again his eye upon Grotius, enmity.

Adamus Exul. Aa V. 926. Agains a foe by doom express Tu namque foli numini contrarius, afhgn'dus,] For it was part

Minus es nocivus; aft ego nocentior, of the sentence, pronounc'd upon

(Adeoque misera magis —) the Serpent, Gen. II. 15. I will Deumqae lasi fcelere, teque, vir, put enmity between thee and the wo

fimul. man, and between thy feed and ber As Milton read all good authors, so feed.

he improv'd by all, the modern as 929. me than thyself well as the ancient: and as an Essay More miferable; both have finn'd, has been written upon his imitations but thou

of the Ancients, there might be anoAgainst God only, I againft God ther upon his imitations of the Mo

and ther,] The author had derns.

936. Me,

The sentence from thy head remov'd may light
On me, sole cause to thee of all this woe,

93; Me, me only, just object of his ire.

She ended weeping, and her lowly plight, Immoveable till

peace

obtain'd from fault Acknowledg'd and deplor’d, in Adam wrought Commiseration; soon his heart relented Tow'ards her, his life so late and sole delight, Now at his feet submissive in distress, Creature so fair his reconcilement seeking, His counsel, whom he had displeas'd, his aid;

As

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936. Me, me only, just objea] The declar'd her resolution not to cohrepetition of me me here is like what bit with him any more. Upon this we took notice of in III 236. and he wrote his Doctrin and Disciphs like that in Virgil's Æn. IX. 427. Divorce, and to show that he wa Me, me, adíum qui feci, in me con- in earnest was actually treating about vertite ferrum :

a second marriage, when the w* and like Abigail's speech to David, whom he often visited, and the

contrived to meet him at a friend's 1 Sam. XXV. 24. Upon me, my Lord, fell

proftrate before him, imploring upon me let this iniquity be. Dr. Bentley would read,

forgiveness and reconciliation. It is

not to be doubted (says Mr. Fentor .Me, only me, just obje&t of his ire : but an interview of that nature

, 6 but as the repetition is highly pa- little expected, must wonderfully z: thetic, Mr. Upton thinks the tro. feet him: and perhaps the imprese chaic following the spondee makes fions it made on his imaginatie, the pathos more perceptible. contributed much to the painting of

940.-- soon his heart relented] This that pathethic scene in Paradise Loi, seems to have been drawn from a in which Eve addresseth herself ! domestic scene. Milton's wife soon Adam for pardon and peace. after marriage went to visit her the interceffion of his friends to friends in Oxfordshire, and refused, were present, after a short relu&arza to return at the time appointed; He he generously facrific'd all his rele: often solicited her, but in vain; the ment to her tears:

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As one disarm’d, his anger all he lost,

945 And thus with peaceful words uprais’d'her foon.

Unwary', and too desirous, as before,
So now of what thou know'st not, who desir'it
The punishment all on thyself; alas,
Bear thine own first, ill able to sustain
His full wrath, whose thou feel'st as yet least part,
And my displeasure bear'st so ill. If prayers
Could alter high decrees, I to that place
Would speed before thee, and be louder heard,
That on my head all might be visited,

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Thy foon his heart relented “ Milton with great depth of judgTowards her, his life so late and “ ment observes in his Apology for sole delight,

Smeciymnuus, that he who would Now at his feet submissive in distress. “ not be frustrate of his bope to write Mr. Thyer thus farther inlarges up. “ Self to be a trie poem, that is, a com

well in laudable things, ought bimon the same subject. “ This picture ** of Eve's dittress , her submissive things

, and have in himself the

position of the best and honorables " tender address to her husband, and " his generous reconcilement to her

experience and practice of all that

" which is praise worthy: of the are extremely beautiful, I had “ almolt said, beyond any thing in self is, I think, a shining instance

“ truth of which observation he him" the whole poem ; and that reader « in this charming scene now be" must have a very sour and un

“ fore us, since there is little room “ friendly turn of mind, whose heart

“ to doubt but that the particular " does not relent with Adam's, and melt into a sympathizing commi. « interview of the same nature which

“ beauties of it are owing to an " seration towards the mother of

“ he had with his own wife, and “ mankind; so well has our author

" that he is only here describing “ here follow'd Horace's advice,

" those tender and generous senti- Si vis me flere, dolendum eft ments, which he then felt and Primùm ipfi tibi

" experienc'd.". Art. Poet. 102.

976. Tending

Thy frailty and infirmer sex forgiven,
To me committed and by me expos’d.
But rise, let us no more contend, nor blame
Each other, blam'd enough elsewhere, but ftrive
In offices of love, how we may lighten 960
Each other's burden, in our share of woe;
Since this day's death denounc'd, if ought I fee,
Will prove no sudden, but a flow-pac'd evil,
A long day's dying to augment our pain,
And to our seed (O hapless feed!) deriv'd. 965

To whom thus Eve, recovering heart, reply'd.
Adam, by fad experiment I know
How little weight my words with thee can find,
Found so erroneous, thence by just event
Found so unfortunate ; nevertheless,

970 Restor'd by thee, vile as I am, to place Of new acceptance, hopeful to regain

Thy

976. Tending to some relief of our that they should resolve to remair extremes,

childless; or if they found it difOr end,] Adam had said before, cult to do so, that then, to prethat the death denounc'd upon them, vent a long day's dying to themselves as far as he could see, would prove and seed at once, they should msee no sudden but a flow pac'd evil, a long fort and destroy themselves. The day's dying, and would likewise be former method the considers as for deriv'd to their posterity. Eve relief of their extremes, the latter therefore proposes, to prevent its as the end. being deriv'd to their pofterity,

Thy love, the sole contentment of

my

heart Living or dying, from thee I will not hide What thoughts in my unquiet breast are risen, 975 [ending to some relief of our extremes, De end, though sharp and fad, yet tolerable, is in our evils, and of easier choice. f care of our descent perplex us most, Vhich must be born to certain woe, devour'd 980 y

Death at last; and miserable it is 'o be to others cause of misery, Jur own begott'en, and of our loins to bring ato this cursed world a woful race, hat after wretched life must be at last

985 ood for so foul a monster ; in thy power

lies, yet ere conception to prevent "he race unblest, to being yet unbegot. hildless thou art, childless remain : fo Death

Shall

978. As in our evils,] That is 989. Childless thou art, childless reonfidering the excess of evil to main:] It is a strange mistake in hich we are reduc'd; an elegant some editions, and especially in Milatin use of the word As. Cic. Epift. ton's own, where this imperfect verse am. IV. 9. Nam adhuc, et factum is printed as a whole verse, and the um probatur, et, ut in tali re, etiam words so Death wanting to complete rtuna laudatur XII. 2. Non nihil, the line are added to the next line, in tantis malis, est profectum, that which is thereby made as much too confidering our ill situation. long as this is too short. So Deathshall Richardson. be deceiv'd his glut, and with us two.

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