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Recess, and only consolation left
305 Inhospitable' appear and desolate, Nor knowing us nor known: and if by prayer Inceffant I could hope to change the will Of him who all things can, I would not cease To weary him with
affiduous cries : But pray’r against his absolute decree No more avails than breath against the wind, Blown ftifling back on him that breathes it forth : Therefore to his great bidding I submit. This most afflicts me, that departing hence,
315 As from his face I shall be hid, depriv'd His blessed count’nance; here I could frequent With worship place by place where he vouchsaf'd Presence divine, and to my sons relate, On this mount he appear’d, under this tree 320
Stood of Paradise, Adam grieves that he and subject.“ With less fervency must leave a place where he had was studied what St. Paul or St. conversed with God and his Angels; John had written, than was listen'd but Eve laments that she shall never to one that could say, here be more behold the fine flowers of “ taught, here he flood, this was his Eden : Here Adam mourns like a ftature, and thus he went habited, man, and Eve like a woman. “ and O happy this house that har.
320 On this mount he appear'd, &c.] " bour'a him, and that cold stone wbere. This has been observed to be very, on be refted, this village wherein like what our author has written in “ be wrought fuch a miracle, and another place, due allowance being “ that pavement bedew'd with the made for the difference of person warm effufion of his last blood, that
Stood visible, among these pines his voice
· Sprouted up into eternal rofes to crown to ages, that is, to warn, teach and “ bis martyrdom.” Of Prelatical Epi- instruct them that God formerly apscopacy, p. 34. Vol. 1. Edit. 1738. pear'd there to me. The Doctor
, And both passages very much resem- not perceiving this sense of the palble the following in Pliny's Pane- fage, would read gyric to Trajan. XV. Veniet ergo from the brooks in memory, tempus, quo pofteri visere, visendum
A monument to ages.
Pearce. tradere minoribus suis geftient, quis 332. Gladly bebold though bat lit fudores tuos hauserit campus, quæ
utmost skirts refectiones tuas arbores, quæ fom Of glory,] He alludes to Exod. num faxa prætexerint, quod denique XXXIII. 22, 23. And it fhall come tectum magnus hofpes impleveris
, &c. to pass while my glory pasetb h325.
thou shalt see my back parts, but ? Or monument to ages,] Dr. Bentley face shall not be seen; As in what asks what difference there is between follows he had Statius in memory. memorial and monument, that or must Thebaid. XII. 817. separate them. I think that by in and
far off his fteps adore
. memory Adam means for a memorial Sed longe fequere, et vestigia femper to himself, for marks by which he adora. inight remember the places of God's
337. – and every kind that lives) appearance: but because his fons The construction is, bis omnipresence (who had not seen God appearing fills every kind that lives: Which, if there) could not be said to remem- true, says Dr. Bentley, was not the ber them; he therefore changes his author's intention. But how it ca expression and says Or in monument be proved that it was not the ad
To life prolong'd and promis'd race, I now
To whom thus Michael with regard benign.
His thor's intention, when his words so Lives thro' all life, extends thro' clearly express it, I am at a loss to all extent, apprehend: And if the Doctor could Spreads undivided, operates unspent, really question the truth of the af Breathes in our foul, informs our sertion it must be faid that the poet mortal part, had nobler and more worthy con As full as perfect, in a hair, as ceptions of God's omnipresence than
heart, the Divine ; for in him we live, and As full, as perfect in vile man that move, and bave our being, A&s XVII. mourns, 28. Another poet has inlarged upon As the rapt Seraph that adores ar. the same sentiment, with great sub
burns ; limity of thought, and as great To him, no high, no low, no great, force of language. Effay on Man, no small ; I. 259, & c.
He fills, he bounds, connects, and All are but parts of one stupendous equals all. whole,
Nay an Heathen poet has a reWhose body Nature is, and God markable passage to this purpose, to the soul;
which no doubt Milton alluded. That, chang'd thro' all, and yet in Lucan. IX. 578. ali the fame,
Enne Dei sedes nisi terra, et pontus, Great in the earth, as in th'ethereal
et aer, frame,
Et cælum, et virtus ? Superos quid Warms in the sun, refreshes in the quærimus ultra? breeze,
Jupiter est quodcunque vides, quoGlows in the stars, and blossoms in cunque moveris. the trees,
His presence to these narrow bounds confin'd
То and had hitler come] So poem is in many particulars greater the first editions, and not thither, than that of the Iliad or Ærest
. which is in moft of the later ones. Virgil's hero, in the lat of these 366.
Ascend poems, is entertained with a ligt This hill;] The Angel afterwards of all those who are to descend from leads Adam to the highest mount of him; but though that episode isjekt Paradise, and lays before him a whole admired as one of the noblet de hemisphere, as a proper stage for figns in the whole Æneid, everyone those visions which were to be re- must allow that this of Milton is of presented on it. I have before ob- a much higher nature. Adam's H served how the plan of Milton's fion is not confin'd to any particular
To thee and to thy ofspring; good with bad
370 Ascend, I follow thee, safe Guide, the path Thou lead'st me', and to the hand of Heav'n submit, However chast’ning, to the evil turn My obvious breast, arming to overcome
tribe of mankind, but extends to the Eve retire upon Raphael's beginning Addison.
his conference with Adam Book VIII. 367.- let Eve (for I have drench'd Besides the tenderness of the female
mind could not be supposed able to Here sleep below,] It may be asked bear the Ahocking scenes, which were why Eve was not permitted to see going to be represented. Thyer. this vision, as she had no less occafion than Adam thereby to learn true
374 patience: but Milton here only con
By suffering,] Virg. Æn. V, 710. tinues the fame decorum which he Quicquid erit, superanda omnis forhad before obleryed, when he made
tuna ferendo eft.