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And stripes, and arbitrary punishment
340 Nor will occasion want, nor shall we need With dang’rous expedition to invade Heav'n, whose high walls fear no assault or siege, Or ambush from the deep. What if we find Some easier enterprise ? There is a place, 345 (If ancient and prophetic fame in Heaven
Menæchmi Prol. 9. Ei liberorum Per pice torrentes atraque voranisi divitiæ, niliil erat. Lambinus
gine ripas says this expression seems too unu Annuit, et totum nutu tremefecit sual, for the particle nifi can except Olympum. none but things like, or of a like kind. Richardjon.
To seal his facred vow, by Styx
he swore, 352. and by an oath, That look Head'ii's zuhole circum
The lake with liquid pitch, the ference, confirm'd.] He con
dreary thore, firm'd it by an 0.1th are the very
And Phlegethon's innavigable words of Si Paul, Heb. VI. 17. and
flood, this cath is faid to bake Heav'n's And the black regions of his wbole circumference in allufion to Ju
brother God: pier's oath in Virgil, Æn. IX: 104.
He said ; and shook the skies
with his imperial nod. Dixerat : idque ratum Stygii per
Dryden. flumina fratris,
Err not) another world, the happy feat
35$ Or substance, how indued, and what their
powers And where their weakness, how attempted best, By force or subtlety. Though Heav'n be Thut, And Heaven's high arbitrator fit secure
As Virgil had imitated Homer, High Heav'n with trembling the Iliad. I. 528.
dread fignal took, And all Olympus to the center fhook.
Pope. H, και κυανεηση
επ οφρυσι γεύσε Κρονίων" Αμβροσιαι δ' αρα χαιται επιρρωσανlo All the three poets, we fee, men
tion the shaking of Heaven, only arxx.c.
Milton attributes that effect to the Kpatos an' ab aratoto Musyon do the cath, which Homer and Virgil λιξυ Ολυμπον. .
ascribe to the nod of Jupiter : but.
the circumstance of the nod feeins He spoke, and awful bends his to be rightly omited in this place, fable brows;
because God is not here giving his Shakes his ambrosial carls, and assent to any one's petition, which gives the nod,
is the case in Homer and Virgil, The stamp of fate, and fanction but only pronouncing his will aof the God;
mong the Angels.
In his own strength, this place may lic expos'd, 360
360.--this place may lie expos’d, Of Angels watching round ? The utmost border of his kingdom,left
To their defense who hold it :] It How can this earth be said to lie has been objected, that there is a expos'd &c, and yet to be strictly contradiction between this part of guarded by station'd Angels? The Beëlzebub's speech, and what he objection is very ingenious: but it says afterwards, speaking of the is not faid, that the earth doth lie same thing and of a messenger pro- expos'd, but only that it may lie per to be sent in search of this new expos’d: and it may be consider'd, world, ver. 410.
that the design of Beelzebub is dif
ferent in these different speeches ; what strength, what art can then in the former, where he is encouSuffice, or what evasion bear him raging the assembly to undertake fafe
an expedition against this world, Through the stric fenteries and he says things to lessen the diffiitations thick culty and danger; but in the lat
Hurl'd headlong to partake with us, shall curse
ter, when they have determin'd speakers when they are speaking; upon the expedition, and are con- but that time and that place, which sulting of a proper person to em- he or they are speaking of. ploy in it, then he says things to
Pearce. magnify the difficulty and danger, to make them more cautious in
367. The puny habitants,] It is their choice.
possible that the author by puny 362. - here perhaps] Dr. Bent- might mean no more than weak or ley says that Milton must have given little; but yet if we reflect how it'there perbaps : but I think not : frequently he uses words in their in ver. 360. it is this place, and proper and primary fignification, therefore Milton gave it here, that it seems probable that he might inis in the place which I am speak- clude likewise the sense of the ing of. Milton frequently uses now French (from whence it is deriv'd) and here, not meaning a time or puis nè, born since, created long place then present to him or his after us.
Sparkled in all their eyes; with full assent
Well have ye judg’d, well ended long debate, 390
399 Re-enter Heav'n; or else in some mild zone L'weil not unvisited of Heav’n’s fair light Secure, and at the brightning orient beam Purge off this gloum; the loft delicious air, 400 To heal the fear of these corrosive fires, Shall breath her balın. But urft whom shall we send In search of this new world? whom ihall we find Suthcient? who shall tempt with wand ring feet
406. -- the palpable ohfcure] It jective, as the oc an fream, I. 202, is remarkable in our author's itile, the builion drojs, I. 704. Milton ofthat he often uses ac:jectives as sub ten erriches his language in this ftantives, and fubitantives again as manner. adjectives. Here are two adjecives, 409.
ere he arrive the latter of which is used for a we happy ik?] The earth hangsubstantive, as again in ver. 409. ing in the sea of air, like a happy, the vast abrupt. And sometinis or fortunate iland, as the name is. there are
two sub antives, the And so Cicero de Nat. Deor. II. former of which is used for an ad- 66. calls the earth quafi magnam