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Adam, I therefore came, nor art thou such
378. Pomona's arbor] The saying, Induitur, formosa eft; exuGoddess of fruit-trees might well itur, ipsa forma eft. Drels'd, the be supposed to have a delightful is beautiful; undress'd, the is beauty árbor, but that could not be more itself. With the fame elegance of delightful in imagination, than this expression, describing Adam, he was in reality. See Ovid. Met. has said, XIV. 623. &c.
- in himself was all his state. 380. Undeck'd save with herself,] 382. Of three that in mount Ida This is fimplex munditiis indeed, naked frove,] The judgment beyond Horace's, and makes an of Paris is very well known in preexcellent contrast to Ovid's de- ferring Venus to Juno and Mifcription of the fine lady full nerva, that is beauty to power dreisid,
and wisdom: a different choice - pars minima eft ipfa puella sui.
i from that of young Solomon, who
*** defir'd wisdom rather than riches It calls to mind that memorable and honor.
384. - virtue
Bestow'd, the holy falutation us'd
Hail Mother of Mankind, whose fruitful womb.
384. — virtue proof;} Proof is the figure of Eve ministring at the used in the old poets for armour, table, are circumstances which deShakespear, Rom. & Jul. Act I. serve to be admired. Addison. And in strong proof of chastity
387. — a
to Mary, second Eve.]
See Luke I. 28. She is call’d second well arm'd, From love's weak childish bow Eve, as Chriit is lometimes called fhe lives unharm’d.
394. All autumn pild,] The table 385. On whom the Angel had mossy seats round it, and all
Hail &c.] The natural ma- autumn pil'd upon it; that is the jefty of Adam, and at the same fruits of autumn. So in Virg. time his submissive behaviour to Georg. II. 5. the superior being, who had vouch
- pampineo gravidus autumno safed to be his guest; the solemn Hail, which the Angel bestows upon the mother of mankind, with 399. — perfe&t] Milton writes
To us for food and for delight' hath caus’d 400
To whom the Angel. Therefore what he gives
410 Of sense, whereby they hear, see, smell, touch, taste, Tasting concoct, digest, assimilate,
it perfet after the French parfait or him in thinking them the editor's, the Italian perfetto; our usual way tho’we entirely agree with him in of spelling it is after the Latin wishing, that the author had taken perfeEtus; and very sightly, espe- more care what notions of philosocially as we make use likewise of phy he had put into the mouth of the word perfection. And in the an Arch-Angel. It is certainly a general it is better surely to derive great mistake to attribute the spots our language from the original La- in the moon (which are owing to tin, than to make it only the copy the inequalities of her surface, and of a copy...
to the different nature of her con407. No' ingrateful food:] There ftituent parts, land and water) to being mention made in Scripture attribute them, I say, to vapors not of Àngels food, Psal. LXXVIII. 25. get turn'd into her subftance. It is that is foundation enough for a poet certainly very unphilosophical to say to build upon, and advance these that the sun fups with the ocean, notions of the Angels eating. but it is not unpoetical, And what.
415.-of elements &c.] Dr. Bent- ever other faults are found in thele ley is for omitting here eleven lines lines, they are not so properly the together, but we cannot agree with faults of Milton, as of his times,
And corporeal to incorporeal turn.
Sups and of those systems of philosophy Tove Jadave Navens, which he had learned in his O nn Janaurav, younger years. If he had written Tov do nasov gennyn. after the late discoveries and im; And we may suppose the poet al. provements in science, he would luded to this, and more particularly have written in another manner.
iner. to that passage in Pliny, where the It is allow'd by all philosophers, ñ that the sun and fixed stars receive in the moon.
TS, same account is given of the spots
Sidera vero haud their fupplies of nourishment; but dubie humore terreno pasci, quia in what manner they are fed and
orbe dimidio nonnunquam macufupply'd is a great question : and
losa cernatur, scilicet nondum sup surely a greater latitude and liberty
petente ad hauriendum ultra julta may be indulged to a poet in speak
vi: maculas enim non aliud effe ing of these things, than to a phi.
quam terræ raptas cum humore lofopher. The same kind of thought runs through an Ode of Anacreon, Ode 19.
421. Nor doth the moon no nourish. | H + MAdvd cave.
ment exhale) A Latinism. So Πινι δε δενδρε' αυτην
Virg. Georg. I. 83.
Sups with the ocean. Though in Heav'n the trees
Nec nulla interea est inaratæ gra. cient Doctors were of opinion, tia terræ.
that the Angels did not really eat,
but only seemed to do so; and they 426. Though in Heav'n the
ground that opinion principally uptrees, &c.] In mentioning on what the Angel Raphael says trees of life and vines in Heaven in the book of Tobit, XII. 19. All he is juftify'd by Scripture. See these days did I appear unto you, but I Rev. XXII. 2. Mat. XXVI. 29. As di
AS did neither eat nor drink, but you did in speaking afterwards of mellifluous
us see a vifon. But our author was dews and pearly grain he manifestly
try of the contrary opinion, that the alludes to manna, which is called
led Angel did not eat in appearance the bread of Heaven. Psal. CV. 40. only but in reality, with keen difAnd when the dow that lay was
patch of real bunger as he says, and gone up, behold upon the face of the
this opinion is confirm'd by the acwilderness there lay a small round
counts in the Canonical Scripture thing, as small as the hear froft on of Abraham's entertaining three the ground. Exod. XVI. 14. and it
Angels at one time, and Lot's enwas like coriander-feed, white; and 1
tertaining two Angels at another. the taste of it was like wafers made
See Gen. XVIII. and XIX. There with honey, ver. 31.
it is said plainly that meat was 435. — the common gloss set before them, and they did eat;
Of Theologians ;] The usual com- and there is no reason for not unment and expofition of Divines. derstanding this, as well as the reft For several of the Fathers and an. of the relation, litterally. Of Tbeo.