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Held by thy voice, thy potent voice, he hears,
Thus Adam his illustrious guest besought :
suspense in heaven
bring the moon down from heaHeld by thy voice, thy potent voice
ven, he hears,
Carmina vel cælo possunt deducere for after it is said he is held sus
lunam: ver. 69. pense in heaven by thy voice, to and well therefore may Milton say, he hears thy voice is poor suppose the sun to delay, susand low indeed. He must hear pended in heaven, to hear the it before he can be held by it. angel tell his generation, and espeWe have therefore followed the cially since we read that the sun punctuation of Dr. Pearce; and did 'stand still at the voice of the sense seems plain, as he has Joshua. pointed these verses, Held by 103. —unapparent deep :] thy potent voice, he hears suspense Where nothing was to be seen in heaven, that is, he stops and according to Gen.i. 2. Darkness hearkens, he stays and is atten- was upon the face of the deep. tive. The poets often feign the Hume. rivers to stop their course, and 110. And thus the Godlike other inanimate parts of nature angel answer'd mild.] The angel's to hear the songs of Orpheus encouraging our first parents in and the like, Virg. Ecl. viii. 4. a modest pursuit after knowEt mutata suos requierunt flumina
ledge, with the causes which he assigns for the creation of the
world, are very just and beauNay charms and verses can tiful. Addison,
Yet what thou canst attain, which best may serve 115
Know then, that after Lucifer from heaven (So call him, brighter once amidst the host Of angels, than that star the stars among)
116. and infer
Prudens futuri temporis exitum Thee happier,]
Caliginoså nocte premit Deus, And by inference make thee
122. —th' invisible King,] 121. -- or let thine own in- As God is styled in Scripture ventions hope] Milton seems here the invisible King, 1 Tim. i. 17. to allude to Eccles. vii. 20. they so this is the properest epithet have sought out many intentions; that could have been employed which commentators explain by here, when he is speaking of reasonings. Pearce.
things not revealed, suppressed in Thus they provoked him lo night, to none communicable in anger with their
in- earth or heuven, neither to men ventions, Psalm cvi. 29. The nor angels, as it is said of the two following lines are almost day of judgment, Matt. xxiv. a literal translation of these 36. Of that day and hour knowtwo in Horace, Od. iii. xxix. eth no man, no not the angels of 29.
heaven, but my Father only.
Fell with his flaming legions through the deep
At least our envious foe hath fail'd, who thought
145 Their station, heav'n yet populous retains Number sufficient to possess her realms Though wide, and this high temple to frequent With ministeries due and solemn rites : But lest his heart exalt him in the harm Already done, to have dispeopled heaven, My damage fondly deem'd, I can repair
185. Into his place,] As the allur'd them, and with lies traitor Judas is said likewise Drew after him the third part of
heav'n's host, to go to his own place, Acts i. 25.
as v. 709. but that he ruin'd as 143. -and into fraud
ell as cheated'them, i. 609. Drew many,]
Millions of spirits for his fault Fraud in common acceptation amerc'd means no more than deceit, but Of heav'n, and from eternal splenoften signifies misfortune. Mil.
For his revolt. ton, who so constantly makes
Richardson. Latin or Greek of English, does it here, and extends the idea to 144. whom their place the misery, the punishment con- knows here no more;) A Scripsequent upon the deceit, as well ture expression, Job vii. 10. as the deceit itself. So that neither shall his place know him Satan is said here, not only to any more. Psal. ciii
. 16. and the have drawn many into fraud, place thereof shall know it no not only that he
That detriment, if such it be to lose
154. — and in a moment] 162. Mean while inhabit lax,] Our author seems to favour the Dwell more at large, there being opinion of some divines, that more room now than there was God's creation was instantane before the rebel angels were exous, but the effects of it were pelled, or than there will be made visible and appeared in after men are translated to heasix days in condescension to the
If this be the meaning,
160. And earth be chang'd to be straitened for room in hea-
co-operated in the creation, and
Within appointed bounds be heav'n and earth,
So spake th’ Almighty, and to what he spake His Word, the filial Godhead, gave effect. 175 Immediate are the acts of God, more swift Than time or motion, but to human ears Cannot without process of speech be told, So told as earthly notion can receive. Great triumph and rejoicing was in heaven, When such was heard declar'd th’ Almighty's will; Glory they sung to the Most High, good will
168. Boundless the deep, &c.] An expression borrowed from The sense is, the deep is bound- Tasso. where Satan, mimicking less, but the space contained in the Deity, says to his followers, it is not vacuous and empty, Sia destin ciò, ch' io vogliobecause there is an infinitude
Gier. Lib. cant. iv, st. 17. and I fill it. Though I, who Or rather from Claudian, De am myself uncircumscribed, set bounds to my goodness, and do Rapt. Pros. ii. 306. not exert it every where, yet
Sit fatum quodcunque voles. neither necessity nor chance in
Thyer. fluence my actions, &c. Pearce. 182. Glory they sung to the
173. -and what I will is fate.] Most High, &c.] The angels From Lucan, v. 91.
are very properly made to sing Deus magnusque potensque
the same divine song to usher Sive canit fatum, seu quod jubet ipse in the creation, that they did to canendo
usher in the second creation by Fit fatum.
Jesus Christ, Luke ii. 14. And
Bentley. we cannot but approve Dr. Or from Statius, Theb. i. 212. Bentley's emendation, Glory
they sung to God most high, grave et immutabile sanctis Pondus adest verbis, et vocem fata
instead of to the Most High, as sequuntur.
it improves the measure of the Jortin. verse, is more opposed to men