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All are not of thy train; there be who faith
Prefer, and piety to God, though then
To thee not visible, when I alone
Seem’d in thy world erroneous to diffent
From all: my sect thou seest; now learn too late
How few sometimes may know, when thousands err.

Whom the grand foe with scornful eye askance
Thus answer'd. Ill for thee, but in wilh'd hour 150
Of my revenge, first fought for thou return'st
From flight, seditious Angel, to receive
Thy merited reward, the first assay
Of this right hand provok’d, since first that tongue
Inspir'd with contradiction durft oppose 155

147. — my feet thou feeft ; &c] have given it, and I suppose did The use of the word sex in this give it, place seems a little forc'd and fin

How one sometimes may know, gular; and I can't help thinking but Milton brought it in in order to

when thousands err. sneer the Loyalists of his time, as above, ver. 23. That one, get who branded all diffenters, of whom one return'd not lof. Corn. Nepos in he was one, with the opprobrious Epaminonda, Ex quo intelligi poname of Sectaries. This also ac- teft unum hominem pluris quam ciricounts for the word few in the next tatem fuiffe. Phædri Fab. LXIII. line, inasmuch as it suited Milton's Plus effe in uno fæpe quam in turba particular view better to establish

boni. Bentley a general maxim than to apply it merely to the single case of Abdiel. I suppose the good Angel said few,

Thyer. though one was particularly in148. How few sometimes may know,] tended, as it is more modeft and These few here are still too many. less assuming to himself, and for the To come up to the point he should reason hinted above, intimating

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Cheir deities to assert, who while they feel j'igor divine within them, can allow

mnipotence to none. But well thou com'st
efore thy fellows, ambitious to win 160
rom me some plume, that thy success may show
estruction to the rest: this pause between

Inanswer’d left thou boast) to let thee know; art first I thought that Liberty and Heaven to heav'nly souls had been all one; but now 165

ee that most through sloth had rather serve, Tiniftring Spirits, train’d up in feast and song; it ich hast thou arm’d, the minstrelly of Heaven,

Servility

of the Sectaries, tho' fewer in 167. Ministring Spi'rits,] So they c imber, yet were more in the right are called Heb. I. 14. Are they not in their opposers.

all ministring Spirits and Satan 161. -- that thy fuccefs may show]

„, mentions it in derision. Compare

o this with that of Virg. Æn. IX. may success, thy ill success; the F ord success is used in the same 014. Efe, II. 9. Richardson.

Vobis picta croco et fulgenti mu1261. that thy fuccefs may liow rice vestis :

Destruction to the rest:] Bentley Defidiæ cordi : juvat indulgere chors, a detestable fault: it should be choreis : 2. ?ruction. Mr. Pope says success Et tunicæ manicas et habent redi.

nicé. I don't know what this micula mitræ. fans. The text is right, and the Overe Phrygiæ, neque enim Phrymeaning is, that thy success may ges! ite per alta Low thy fellows the road to de. Dindyma, ubi affuetis biforem dat "uction, or the way to destroy theis tibia cantum.

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Servility with freedom to contend,
As both their deeds compar'd this day shall prove. 170

To whom in brief thus-Abdiel stern reply'd.
Apostate, still thou err'it, nor end wilt find,
Of erring, from the path of truth remote:
Unjustly thou deprav'st it with the name
Of servitude to serve whom God ordains, 175
Or Nature; God and Nature bid the same,
When he who rules is worthiest, and excels
Them whom he governs. This is fervitude,
To serve th’unwise, or him who hath rebell’d
Against his worthier, as thine now serve thee, 180
Thyself not free, but to thyself inthrall'd;
Yet lewdly dar'st our ministring upbraid.

Reign Tympana vos buxusque vocat Be- Tu mihi qui imperitas, aliis servis recynthia matris

miser — Idææ : finite arma viris, et cedite Quisnam igitur liber : fapiens, fibi ferro.

qui imperiofus. 172. Apoftate, fill thou err'ft, nor And as to what is here faid of fer

end wilt find Of erring, from the path of truth vitude, lee Ariitotle's Politics, B. 1.

remote:] Something like this C. 3 & 4. is what Juno says to Jupiter, Iliad. 183. - ir Hell thy kingdoz; ] XIX. 107.

Not that it was fo at present. This Yous nous, i WTS TEAG Mubw

is said by way of anticipation. God ETIQnces. Thyer.

had order'd him to be caft out, ver.

52. and what the Almighty had 181. Thyself not free, but to thy, pronounc'd, the good Angel locks

felf inthralld;] So Horace upon as done, And this sentiment Sat. II. VII. 81.

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im Reign thou in Hell thy kingdom; let me serve tan Heav'n God ever bleft, and his divine di Behests obey, worthiest to be obey'd; 185 canti et chains in Hell, not realms expect: mean while f moderom me return'd, as erst thou saidft, from flight, jih des his greeting on thy impious crest receive.

Pate So say’ing, a noble stroke he lifted high, - iWhich hung not, but fo swift with tempest fell -190 on the proud crest of Satan, that no sight,

or motion of swift thought, less could his field
wich ruin intercept: ten paces huge

e back recoil'd; the tenth on bended knee
is mafly spear upstay'd; as if on earth

195 'inds under ground, or waters forcing way

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sign thou in Hell thy kingdom; let 189. So saying, &c.] Saring is Ta bibi que me ferve

here contracted into one syllable, misa, Heav'n God ever bleft,

or is to be pronounc'd as two short Onifan Plesign'd as a contrast to Satan's ones, which very well expresses Quizon, vaunt in I. 263.

the eagerness of the Angel. He de matrietter to reign in Hell, than serve

11 than farve ftruck at his foe before he had

finish'd his speech, while he was de free down in Heaven.

speaking, which is much better 187. From me return'd, as erft thout than Dr. Bentley's reading so said, Li saidft, from flight,

às if he had not aim'd his blow, This greeting &c.) So Ascanius in

till after he had spoken. Figil retorts his adversary's term

195. -- as if on earth reproach, Æn. IX. 635,

Winds under ground, &c.] Hefiod is capti Phryges hæc Rutulis re- compares the fall of Cygnus to an sponsa remittunt,

183. I vor sharing bij laid be wort gil ad orderd trepid 2. and wir as c fonounce, t. so

oak or a rock falling, Scut. Herc. sus dere soding to ver. 599.

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Sidelong had push'd a mountain from his seat
Half funk with all his pines. Amazement seisid
The rebel Thrones, but greater rage to see
Thus foil'd their mightiest; ours joy fill'd, and shout,
Presage of victory, and fierce desire

201
Of battel: whereat Michaël bid found
Th’Arch-Angel trumpet ; through the vast of Heaven
It sounded, and the faithful armies rung

Hosanna

Heιπε ο, ως οτε τις δρυς neuπεν, What itrong and daring figures are η οτε πετρη

here! Every thing is alive and ani. HMGet, wanvera Ale do mated. The very chariot wbuels

are mad and raging. And how door le reeg.uva.

rough and jarring are the verses, And similes of this kind are very and how admirably do they bray frequent amongst the ancient poets, the horrible discord they would de but though our author might take scribe! The word bray (probably the hint of his from thence, yet from the Greek Beeyo ftrepo we must allow, that he has with signifies to make any kind of noise, great art and judgment highten'd tho' now it be commonly appro. At in proportion to the superior dig- priated to a certain animal. It is nity of his subject. But perhaps apply'd by Spenser to the sound of he might rather more probably al- a trumpet, Fairy Queen, B. 3. lude to Spenser's description of the Cant. 12. St. 6. fall of the old dragon, under which allegory he intended to represent a And when it ceas'd, shrill tram. Chriftian's victory over the Devil. pets loud did bray. Fairy Queen, B. 1. Cant. 11. St. 54. But it usually signifies any disagree. So down he fell, as an huge rocky able noise, as B. 1. Cant. 6. St. 7.

Her Ihrill outcries and shrieks so Whose false foundation wayes have

walh'd away, With dreadful poise is from the and B. 1. Cant. 8. St. u.

main land rift, &c. Thyer. He loudly bray'd with beaftly yel. 210. — and the madding wheels) ling found:

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