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Shall be deceiv'd his glut, and with us two

990 Be forc'd to satisfy his ravenous maw. But if thou judge it hard and difficult, Conversing, looking, loving, to abstain From love's due rites, nuptial embraces sweet, And with desire to languish without hope, 995 Before the present object languishing With like desire, which would be misery And torment less than none of what we dread; Then both ourselves and feed at once to free From what we fear for both, let us make short, Let us seek Death, or he not found, supply With our own hands his office on ourselves : Why stand we longer shivering under fears, That show no end but death, and have the

power, Of many ways to die the shortest choosing, 100; Destruction with destruction to destroy ?




- and have the power, Dr. Bentley have taken away the Of many ways to die the foortest comma after power, and have på choofing,

the one a comma, and the other a Defru&tion with destruction to de- semicolon after to die: but of a

Stroy?] So these verses are ways to die is not to be join'd n pointed in Milton's original editions ; construction with the power, et and the construction is this, and have have the power of many ways to eli the power to destroy destruction with but is to be join'd in construcido defiruction, choofing the forteft of with the shortest, choosing tbe bort? many ways to die. Mr. Fenton and of many ways to die; and this makes


She ended here, or vehement despair Broke off the rest; so much of death her thoughts Had entertain'd, as dy'd her cheeks with pale. But Adam with such counsel nothing sway'd, 1010 To better hopes his more attentive mind Lab’ring had rais’d, and thus to Eve reply'd.

Eve, thy contempt of life and pleasure seems To

argue in thee something more sublime And excellent than what thy mind contemns; 1015 But self-destruction therefore sought, refutes That excellence thought in thee, and implies, Not thy contempt, but anguish and regret For loss of life and pleasure overlov'd. Or if thou covet death, as utmost end Of misery, so thinking to evade The penalty pronounc'd, doubt not but God Hath wiselier arm’d his vengeful ire than fo



better sense and grammar than can

maculisque trementes be with any other punctuation, Interfusa genas, et pallida morte

futurâ. An. IV. 644. 1007. She ended bere - lo much of death her thoughts

- Multorum pallor in ore Had entertain'd, as dy'd ber cheeks Mortis venturæ eft, faciesque fimil. with pale.] Virg. Æn. IV. lima fato.

Luc. VII. 130. 499.

Hume. Hæc effata filet: pallor fimul oc 1011, his more attentive mind)

cupat ora. Jortin. Attending more to what had passed, Vol. II.



To be forestallid; much more I fear lest death
So snatch'd will not exempt us from the pain 102;
We are by doom to pay; rather such acts
Of contumacy will provoke the Highest
To make death in us live: Then let us seek
Some safer resolution, which methinks
I have in view, calling to mind with heed 1030
Part of our sentence, that thy seed shall bruise
The Serpent's head; piteous amends, unless
Be meant, whom I conjecture, our grand foe
Satan, who in the serpent hath contriv'd
Against us this deceit: to crush his head

Would be revenge indeed; which will be lost
By death brought on ourselves, or childless days
Resolv'd as thou proposest; so our foe
Shall ’scape his punishment ordain’d, and we
Instead shall double ours upon our heads. 1040
No more be mention'd then of violence
Against ourselves, and wilful barrenness,


calling to mind with beed their fen- poetry: it might not be fo trite sai tence, as it is ver. 1030.

vulgar formerly ; for Fairfax like1024. To be forestall d;] This wile uses it in his Jerusalem, Cunt. word appears too low for heroic 15. St. 47.

That cuts us off from hope, and favors only Rancor and pride, impatience and despite, Reluctance against God and his just yoke 1045 Laid on our necks. Remember with what mild And gracious temper he both heard and judg’d Without wrath or reviling; we expected mmediate diffolution, which we thought Nas meant by death that day, when lo, to thee 1050 'ains only in child-bearing were foretold, Ind bringing forth, soon recompens’d with joy, ruit of thy womb: on me the curse aflope flanc'd on the ground; with labor I must earn My bread; what harm? Idleness had been worse; y labor will sustain me; and left cold 1056 Dr heat should injure us, his timely care Hath unbesought provided, and his hands Cloth'd us unworthy, pitying while he judgid; low much more, if we pray him, will his ear 1060 le open, and his heart to pity' incline,


But forth there erept (from whence

I cannot say)
An ugly serpent, which forefalla

1054. Glanc'd on the ground;] The quibble here is insufferable.


their way.

U ?

1066. – Mat

And teach us further by what means to shun
Th’inclement seasons, rain, ice, hail and snow?
Which now the sky with various face begins
To show us in this mountain, while the winds rob;
Blow moist and keen, shattering the graceful locks
Of these fair spreading trees; which bids us seek
Some better shroud, some better warmth to cherish
Our limbs benumm’d, ere this diurnal star
Leave cold the night, how we his gather'd beams
Reflected, may with matter sere foment, 171
Or by collision of two bodies grind


1066. pattering the graceful So that this is fpoken as if it w locks] This shattering is an now day, whereas it was raised

: excellent word, and very expressive little before. See ver. 846. And of the sense, shaking or breaking to after Leave cold the nigbt there Bou: pieces; and etymologists derive it be only a comma as in Milano of the Belgic Schetteren. Our au own editions, and not a colon as 3 thor had used it before in his Ly. Dr. Bentley's; for bow we bija cidas,

ther'd beams &c ftill refers to 3

bids Sbatter your leaves before the mel us feek. lowing year.

1071. -- with matter fere fears And locks of trees is a Latinism; Sere Erpo (Greek) dry: according Spissæ nemorum comæ, Hor. Od.IV. to Virgil's exact description

, £t INI. 11. Arboribufque comæ, IV. I. 175. VII. 2.

Suscepitque ignem foliis, atque · 1069. ere this diurnal far

da circum Leave cold the night ) The diur

Nutrimenta dedit, rapuitque in fa val ftar is the star of day, the fun, mite flammam. as in Lycidas,

I find the word fere used likewiles So finks the day star in the ocean Spenser in his Shepherd's Caleat bed:

Ecl, II.

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