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If true, here only, &c*.
HESPERIAN FABLES true,
And in the original draught of the spirit's prologue to Comus, he had painted these delicious islands with the utmost luxuriance of fancy.
WEEP NO MORE, wofull fhepherds, WEEP NO MORE,
Lycidas funk low, but mounted high,
Where other groves, and other ftreams along,
Henceforth thou art the GENIUS OF THE SHORE.
The fame caft of thought dictated fimilar sentiments on a fimilar occafion.
Par. Loft. 4. 520.
† Ibid. 8. 631.
Nec te Lethao fas quafiviffe fub Orco,
Nec tibi conveniunt lacrymæ, NEC FLEBIMUS ULTRA,
Quin tu cæli poft jura recepta
DEXTER ades, PLACIDUSQUE FAVE QUICUNQUE
Seu tu nofter eris Damon, five AQUIOR AUDIS
Calicola norint, SYLVISQUE VOCABEre Damon.
En etiam tibi VIRGINEI fervantur HONORES;
The notion of the fpirit being prefent at the celestial fymphony, the UNEXPRESSIVE SONG, is again defcribed in the latin poem ad Patrem.
Spiritus æthereos qui circinat aureus orbes, quoque fydereis intercinit ipfe choreis,
IMMORTALE melos, et INENARRABILE carmen.
How charming is divine philofophy!
Not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose,
So in Paradife Regained,
Hard are the ways of truth, and rough to walk,
So alfo in the Tractate of Education. "I fhall not detain you longer in the demonstration of what we should not do; but ftrait conduct you to a hill-fide, where I will point ye out the right path of a virtuous and noble education, laborious indeed at the first afcent, but also fo fmooth, fo green, fo full of goodly profpect, and melodious founds, that the harp of Orpheus was not more charming t."
It may not be difagreeable, to give a sketch of the analogy between fome paffages in Milton's poetical and profe works, hitherto not compared. The following is a moft beautiful fimile in Paradife Loft.
As when a scout,
Through dark and defert ways with peril gone,
#B. I. V.
+ Edit. Lond, 1725, 12mo. pag. 344.
All night, at laft by break of chearfull dawn,
Its ground-work is laid in the following paffage from his Hiftory. By this time, like one who had fet out on his way by night, and travelled through a region of smooth or idle dreams, our hiftory now arrives on the confines where daylight and truth meet us with a clear dawn, representing to our view, though at a far diftance, true colours and fhapes +."
Where the great fun begins his ftate,
So in a very puerile description of the morning, in one of his Prolufions," Ipfa quoque tellus, in adventum folis, cultiori fe induit veftitu, nubesque juxta variis CHLAMYDATÆ coloribus, &c ‡."
* B. 3. v. 543. 2. pag. 12.
Birch's Edit. Milton's Profe Works, vol.
In the poem, At a vacation exercise in the College, &c.
The deep transported mind may foar
Then paffing through the fphears of watchfull fire
So in another Prolufion, written perhaps about the fame time. "Nec dubitatis, auditores, etiam in cælos volare, ibique illa multiformia nubium spectra, niviumque coacervatam vim contemplemini..... Grandinisque exinde loculos infpicite, et armamenta fulminum perfcrutemini *."
In Arcades, the genius thus divinely speaks of the mufic of the spheres.
To the celeftial fyrens harmony,
Birch's edit. vol. 2. pag. 591.