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That wont'st to love the traveller's benizon,
Muffle was not so low a word Maid's Tragedy, in the Masque, as at present. Drayton, Browne, act i. s. 1. and Sylvester, have it in several
Bright Cinthia, hear my voice ! places, and with the same appli- Appear, no longer thy pale visage cation to the moon, or the stars. shroud, T. Warton.
But strike thy silver horns quite 332. That wont'st to love the tra
through a cloud.
Bowle. veller's benizon,} An allusion to Spenser, Faery Queen, b. iii. 334. disinherit Chaos.] This cant. 1. st. 43.
expression should be animadAs when fair Cynthia, in darksome verted upon, as hyperbolical and night,
bombast. Dr. J. Warton. Is in a noyous cloud enveloped, 335. In double night, of darkWhere she may find the substance thin and light,
ness and of shades ;] See v. 580. Breaks forth her silver beams, and and compare P. R. i. 500. her bright head
-now began Discovers to the world discomfited;
Night with her sullen wings to douOf the poor travellir that went astray,
ble shade With thousand blessings she is heried. The desert.
333. Stoop thy pule visage Mr. Bowle cites a line of Pacuthrough an amber cloud.] Popular vius, quoted by Cicero De Dior philosophical opinions have vinat. 1. i. xiv. their use indifferently in poetry. And which soever it be, that af,
Tenebræ conduplicantur, noctisque et fords the most beautiful image,
nimborum occæcat nigror.
T. Warton. whether that founded in the truth of things, or in the deceptions of We may also compare Ovid, sense, that is always to be pre-. Met. xi. 548. ferred. But poets have neglected
-taniâ vertigine pontus this obvious rule, and have run Fervet, et inductâ piceis a nubibus into two extremes. Those who
umbrâ affect to imitate the ancients only Omne latet cælum, duplicataque noc. use the first, and those who af- tis imago est. fect to shew their superior know. And ibid. 521. ledge, only the second. Warbur
Cæcaque nox premitur tenebrisque
hyemisque suisque. Compare B. and Fletcher's
Of some clay habitation, visit us
Or if our eyes
Be barr’d that happiness, might we but hear
340. With thy long levelld rule.) Certior, aut Graiis Helice servanda It was at first in the Manuscript,
magistris. With a long levellid rule
The star of Arcady may be ex
plained to signify the lesser bear, 340. λαμπρα μεν ακτις, ήλιου κα- and so Mr. Peck understands it: yov raons. Euripides, Suppl. Mul. but Milton would hardly make 650, or 660. Milton's long- use of two such different names lecelled rule of streaming light, is for the same thing, and distina fine and almost literal trans- guish them by the disjunctive or lation of sacou xaywy odons of his between them. The star of Arfavourite Greek poet. Hurd. cady, like Arcadium sidus, may
The sun is said to “ levei his be a general name for the greater, evening rays,” P. L. iv. 543. T. and the lesser bear, as in Seneca, Warton.
Quasque despectat vertice summo
Sidus Arcadium, geminumque plau.
into but the following words or Tyrian the greater bear called also Helice, the former is meant the greater
Cynosure shew evidently, that by and her son Arcas into the lesser, bear, as by the latter is plainly called also Cyrosura, by observing of which the Tyrians and Sidoni
meant the lesser, ans steered their course, as the
344. The folded flocks penn'd in 1 Grecian mariners did by the their wattled coles,] Folded flocks other. So Ovid. Fast. iii. 107.
makes the other part of the line
a mere expletive. Had Milton Esse duas Arctos; quarum Cynosura wrote bleating flocks, what folpetatur
lowed had been fine, and it had Sidoniis, Helicen Graia carina notet.
agreed better with what went Valerius Flaccus, i. 17.
before. Warburton. neque enim in Tyrias Cynosura
345. -oaten stops,] See note carinas
on Lycidas 188. E.
Or whistle from the lodge, or village cock
349. In this close dungeon] So When the big wallowing flakes of altered in the Manuscript from
And darkness wound her in. In this sad dungeon
1 Bro. Peace, Brother, peace.
I do not think my sister &c. 349. -innumerous See Mr. Warton's note, P. L. vii. 455. É. These lines were altered, and the
350. But that hapless virgin, others added afterwards on a se&c.] Instead of the lines from parate scrap of paper. this to ver. 366, the Manuscript
358. Of savage hunger, or of had these following,
savage heat?] The hunger of
savage beasts, or the lust of men But oh that hapless virgin, our lost sister,
as savage as they. This apWhere may she wander now, whither pears evidently from the context betake her
to be the sense of the passage; From the chill dew in this dead soli- and I should not have mentioned tude?
it, if two very ingenious persons or surrounding wild ?
had not mistaken it. The alliPerhaps some cold bank is her bolster
teration might help perhaps to Or 'gainst the rugged bark of some
determine Milton to the choice broad elm
of this word; and lust would She leans her thoughtful head musing have been too strong an expres
at our unkindness, Or lost in wild amazement and af.
sion for the younger brother, who fright
rather insinuates than openly deSo fares, as did forsaken Proserpine,
clares his fears.
359. -be not over-exquisite 365. such self-delusion?] It To cast the fashion]
was at first, this self-delusion. A metaphor taken from the 367. Or 80 unprincipled in vira founder's art. Warburton. tue's book,] So in the Tractate
Rather from astrology, as “to on Education, p. 101, ed. 1673. “cast a nativity." The meaning “ Souls so unprincipled in viris to "predict, prefigure, com- tue." And “unprincipled, un
Forecast is the “ edified, and laie rabble." Prose same word. See a Vacation Ex- Works, i. 153. Compare also Sams. ervise, 13. Sams. Agon. 254. and Agon. 760. T. Warton. P. L. ii. 634. T. Warton.
368. See the note P. L. v. 127. Exquisite was not now un- T. Warton. common in its more original 369. As that the single want of signification. B. and Fletcher, light and noise Little Fr. Law, act v. 8. 1.
(Not being in danger, as I trust
she is not) -They're exquisite in mischief. T. Warton. Could stir the constant mood of
her calm thoughts, &c.] 361. For grant they be so, while A profound critic cites the entire they rest unknown,] This line context, as containing a beautiobscures the thought, and loads ful example of Milton's use of the expression. It had been bet- the parenthesis, a figure which ter out, as any one may, see by 'he has frequently used with great reading the passage without it. effect. “'The whole passage is Warburton.
“ exceedingly beautiful; but 362. -- his date of grief,] The « what I praise in the parenManuscript had at first
“ thesis is, the pathos and con-the date of grief.
cern for his sister that it ex
(Not being in danger, as I trust she is not) 370
presses. For every paren
371. Could stir the constant “ thesis should contain matter of mood] The Manuscript had sta
weight; and, if it throws in ble, but Milton corrected it to
some passion or feeling into constant mood; for stable gives “ the discourse, it is so much the the idea of rest, when the poet better, because it furnishes the
was to give the idea of action or speaker with a proper occa- motion, which constant does give. “ sion to vary the tone of his Warburton. “ voice, which ought always to So “my constant thoughts," “ be done in speaking a paren- P. L. v. 552.
T. Warton. thesis, but is never more pro- 373. Virtue could see to do what t
perly done than when some virtue would “ passion is to be expressed. By her own radiant light, &c.] “ And we may observe here, This noble sentiment was in" that there ought to be two spired from Spenser, Faery Qu. “ variations of the voice in speak- b. i. cant. 1. st. 12.
ing this parenthesis. The first “ is that tone which we use,
Virtue gives herself light through
darkness for to wade. “ when we mean to qualify or “ restrict any thing that we have
375. -- And Wisdom's self &c.] “ said before. With this tone Mr. Pope has imitated this “ should be pronounced, not thought;
being in danger; and the se- Bear me some God! oh quickly bear • cond member, as I trust she is not, should be pronounced with
To wholesome Solitude, the nurse of “ that pathetic tone in which we Where Contemplation prunes her “ earnestly hope or pray for any ruffled wings, “thing." Origin and Progr. of And the free soul looks down to pity Language, b. iv. p. ii. vol. iii. p.
kings. 76. Edinb. 1776. This is very
Warburton. specious and ingenious reasoning. 376. Oft seeks to sweet retired
L But some perhaps may think this' solitude,] At first he had written beauty quite accidental and un- the verse thus, designed. A parenthesis is often thrown in, for the sake of ex
Oft seeks to solitary sweet retire. · planation, after a passage is writ- 376. For the same uncommon ten. T. Warton.
use of seek, Mr. Bowle cites Bale's