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stood one who at the forge Lab'ring, two mafly clods of iron and brass 565 Had melted, (whether found where casual fire Had wasted woods on mountain or in vale, Down to the veins of earth, thence gliding hot To some cave's mouth, or whether wash'd by stream from underground) the liquid ore he drain'd

570 nto fit molds prepar’d; from which he form’d first his own tools; then, what might else be wrought fusil or grav’n in metal. After these, But on the hither side, a different fort

From (of fuga Latin, a flight) is in music Ignis ubi ingentes filvas ardore crethe correspondency of parts, answer mârat ing one another in the same notes, Montibus in magnis. either above or below; therefore ex. But these verses want emendation. actly and graphically Ailed resonant, Plumbi potestas is nonsense. The as founding the same' notes over stops should be placed thus : again. Hume. Milton is the more particular in this

Et fimul argenti pondus, plumbidescription, as he was himself a lover que, poteftas of music, and a performer upon the Ignis ubi ingentes &c. organ.

Argenti pondus plumbique, as in 565. --- two massy clods of iron and Virgil, argenti pondus et auri. Pobrass

testas ignis expresses the consuming Had melted, (whether found where power of fire. We have potentia casual fire

folis in Virgil, and potestates herHad wasted woods on mountain or barum. ortin. in vale,

573. Fußil or grav'n] By melting Down to the veins of eartb,] or carving Hume. From Lucretius, V. 1240.

573. --- After thefe,] As being Quod superest, æs atque aurum, fer. the descendents of the younger brorumque repertum eft,

ther, but on the bither fide, Cain Et fimul argenti pondus, plumbique having been banish'd into a more poteftas;

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tears mti wesp.] Dr. Berk

Created, as thou art, to nobler end
Holy and pure, conformity divine.
Those tents thou saw'st so pleasant, were the tents
Of wickedness, wherein shall dwell his race
Who flew his brother ; ftudious they appear
Of arts that polish life, inventors rare,


bio Unmindful of their Maker, though his Spirit


I. Taught them, but they his gifts acknowledg'd none. Yet they a beauteous ofspring shall beget; For that fair female troop thou saw'st, that seem'd

I Of Goddesses, so blithe, fo finooth, so gay, 61;

fi Yet empty of all good wherein consists Woman's domestic honor and chief praise ; Bred only and completed to the taste Of luftful appetence, to sing, to dance,

T: 614. For that fair female troop that this passage is to be underton

thou saw'),] The construc of the sons of Seth, the worshipper tion is not, as some may apprehend, of the true God, making maske For i hat fair female troop (which) with the idolatrous daughters of thou fur'}; but thou saws that wicked Cain ; and Milton fair female troop, that seem'd &c. rightly puts this construction upon which is a sufficient proof of the it here, though elsewhere he fema pofterity of Cain begetting a beautcous to give into the old exploded acto ofspring.

ceit of the Angels becoming ei *621. To these that jober race of mour'd of the daughters of met

men, &c.) As we read in See III. 463. and the note there, Gen. VI. 2. The Sons of God faw ike and likewise V. 447. and Parzł. daughters of men, that they were fair; Reg. JI. 178&c. add they took them wives of all which 627. The world erelong a world to bey chose. It is now generally agreed

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To dress, and troll the tongue, and roll the eye. 620
To these that sober race of men, whose lives
Religious titled them the sons of God,
Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame
Ignobly, to the trains and to the smiles
Of these fair atheists, and now swim in joy,
Erelong to swim at large ; and laugh, for which
The world erelong a world of tears must weep.

To whom thus Adam of short joy bereft.
O pity' and shame, that they who to live well
Enter'd so fair, should turn aside to tread

630 Paths indirect, or in the mid way faint ! But still I see the tenor of Man's woe Holds on the same, from Woman to begin. From Man's effeminate flackness it begins,

Said ley observes that this world and The world erelong a world of tears world is a jingle, and that a world of tears is a low expression. He would therefore read a flood of tears:

For swimming in joy and swimming as Milton speaks in ver. 757. But at large are oppos'd to each other, if this verse be blameable on this as are likewise laughing and weeping

a world of tears. Pearce. account, yet our poet has used the fame way of speaking in IX. 11.

As the sense is so much improv'd by

this pointing, we cannot but prefer That brought into this world a world it to Milton's own, which was thus :

of woe, I think that the foregoing part of

and now swim in joy this sentence should be pointed thus, (Erelong to swim at large) and

laugh; for which and now swim in joy, The world erelong a world of tears Erelong to swim at large; and laugh,


638. He

muft weep

must weep.

Said th’Angel, who should better hold his place 63;
By wisdom, and superior gifts receiv'd.
But now prepare thee for another scene.

He look’d, and saw wide territory spread
Before him, towns, and rural works between,
Cities of men with lofty gates and towers, 6401
Concourse in arms, fierce faces threatning war,

1 Giants of mighty bone, and bold emprise ;

D Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming fteed, La Single or in array of battel rang’d

$ Both horse and foot, nor idly must'ring stood; 645 One way a

band select from forage drives A herd of beeves, fair oxen and fair kine

From 638. He look'd, and saw wide ter- at the circumftances of the land.

ritory Spread &c.] The next army at that time. vision is of a quite contrary nature, and filled with the horrors of war. So it was alter'd for the beiter A

651. —which makes a bloody frazil Adam at the fight of it melts into the second edition ; it was tako tears, and breaks out in that passio- bloody fray in the first edition; wid nate speech,

is not so plain and intelligible. O what are these, Death's ministers, not men & c.

660. In other part the scepter' Addison.

ralds call- &c.] It may noted here once for all

, that in the 642.-emprise:] An old word for visionary part Milton has frequently enterprise. It is used in the Mask.

had his eye upon his master Homer

, Alas! good ventrous Youth, and several of the images which are I love thy courage yet, and bold em- represented to Adam are copies prise.

the descriptions on the field of 645. – nor idly muft'ring food;] Achilles, Iliad. XVIII. One can't perceive the pertinence of His eyes he open'd, and behidld this without supposing that it hinted field,



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From a fat meadow ground; or fleecy flock,
Ewes and their bleating lambs over the plain,
Their booty; scarce with life the shepherds fly, 650
But call in aid, which makes a bloody fray ;
With cruel torneament the squadrons join;
Where cattel pastur'd late, now scatter'd lies
With carcasses and arms th’infanguin’d field
Deserted: Others to a city strong

655 Lay fiege, incamp'd; by battery, scale, and mine, Affaulting; others from the wall defend Nith dart and javelin, stones and sulphurous fire ; On each hand slaughter and gigantic deeds. in other part the scepter'd heralds call


To Part arable and tilth, whereon were Here stretch'd in ranks the level'd Theaves

swarths are found, New reap'd, the other part sheep Sheaves heap'd on heaves, here walks and folds.

thicken up the ground, Pope. is not this Homer's description a

And ver. 587&c. ittle contracted ? ver. 550 &c. Εν δε νομον ποιησε περικλυ7G

Акогүunes Εν δ' ετιθε τεμενα βαθυληϊον

Ev xann Bran jeg av olwy apykyepla demo Ημων, οξιας δρεπανας εν χερσιν Σταθμεςτε, κλισιαςτε, κατηρεtxorles.

osas ide onxos. Δραγματα και αλλα μετ' ογμον Next this, the eye the art of Vulcan επητριμα σιπον εραζε,


leads Anda dalam nofstupes EV 14- Deep thro' fair forests, and a length δανοισι δεονο.

of meads; Another field rose high with waving And stalls, and folds, and featter'd grain ;

cotts between, With bended fickles ftand the And fleecy flocks that whiten all reaper-train.

the scene,



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