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Recess, and only consolation left
Familiar to our eyes, all places else

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

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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

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Stood visible, among these pines his voice
I heard, here with him at this fountain talk'd:
So many grateful altars I would rear
Of graffy turf, and pile up every stone
Of lustre from the brook, in memory, 325
Or monument to ages, and thereon
Offer sweet smelling gums and fruits and flowers:
In yonder nether world where shall I seek
His bright appearances, or foot-step trace?
For though I fled him angry, yet recallid 330

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· 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

in memory,

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To life prolong'd and promis'd race, I now
Gladly behold though but his utmost skirts
Of glory, and far off his steps adore.

To whom thus Michael with regard benign.
Adam, thou know'st Heav'n his, and all the Earth,
Not this rock only' ; his omnipresence fills 336
Land, sea, and air, and every kind that lives,
Fomented by his virtual pow'r and warm’d:
All th' earth he gave thee to poffefs and rule,
No despicable gift; surmise not then

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,

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His presence to these narrow bounds confin'd
Of Paradise or Eden: this had been
Perhaps thy capital seat, from whence had spread
All generations, and had hither come
From all the ends of th' earth, to celebrate

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And reverence thee their great progenitor.
But this præeminence thou' haft loft, brought down
To dwell on even ground now with thy fons:
Yet doubt not but in valley and in plain
God is as here, and will be found alike

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Present, and of his presence many a sign
Still following thee, still compaffing thee round
With goodness and paternal love, his face
Express, and of his steps the track divine.
Which that thou may'st believe, and be confirm'd
Ere thou from hence depart, know I am fent 356
To show thee what shall come in future days

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

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To thee and to thy ofspring; good with bad
Expect to hear, supernal grace contending
With sinfulness of men; thereby to learn

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True patience, and to temper joy with fear
And pious sorrow, equally inur'd
By moderation either state to bear,
Prosperous or adverse : so shalt thou lead
Safest thy life, and best prepar'd indure 365
Thy mortal passage when it comes. Ascend
This hill; let Eve (for I have drench'd her eyes)
Here feep below, while thou to foresight wak'st;
As once thou sleptít, while she to life was form’d.
To whom thus Adam gratefully reply'd.

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

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ber eyes).

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.

to overcome

377. In

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