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The breaking up of this infernal assembly is also well described.
Their rising all at once was as the found
The following speech of Satan to the Sun is very beautiful, and, as Mr. Addison observes, has some transient touches of remorse and self-accusation.
O thou that, with surpassing glory crown'd,
We cannot leave Milton, without pointing out other paldages that are as sublime as those we have already quoted : for such are his undrawn chariots that inove by instinct ; his ceverlasting gates of heaven, that self-opend wide on golden hinges moving; and the Mefliah attended by angels, looking
down into Chaos, calming its confusion, and drawing the first out-lines of the creation; which is thus happily described.
On heav'nly ground they stood, and from the shore
troubled waves, and thou deep, peace, Said then th'omnific word, your discord end:
Nor staid, but on the wings of cherubim
This universe, and all created things:
The description he has given us of the angel Raphael is likewise nobly conceived, and finely delineated.
Six wings he wore, to shade
There ja fomething singularly sublime and beautiful in the following passage, transcribed from a poem, entituled, The Omniscience of the divine Being, by Mr. Smart.
When Philomela, ere the cold domain
Illuftrious name, irrefragable proof
* The Longitude.
He comprehended with a span, and weigh'd
It would here be unpardonable to pass over all thofe sublime and animated descriptions we have of the Morning; which the writers of heroic and tragic poetry have labour'd so much to heighten and variegate, that one would think they had exerted their utmost skill and genius, to see who could render that season the most endearing:
Homer leads the way, and by a beautiful and well-conceived fiction, describes the morning as a goddess arrayed in a saffron robe, Aying in the air, and with her rosy fingers unbarring the gates of light. She leaves the bed of Tithon her lover, arises from the sea in a golden throne to usher in the sun, or in a chariot drawn by celestial horses, bear. ing with her the day, and is preceded by a star, which is her harbinger, and gives signal of her approach.
Virgil follows Homer, and never loses sight of him, as will appear by the following descriptions.
Aurora now had left her saffron bed,
Now rose the ruddy morn from Tithon's bed,
Toso had most probably Homer or Virgil in view when he wrote the following lines :
The purple morning left her crimson bed,
And donn'd her robes of pure vermilion hue ; Her amber locks The crown'd with rofes red,
In Eden's flow'ry gardens gather'd new.
And Spenser, who excels in description, has the fame fort of images diversified.
Now when the rosy-finger'd morning fair,
Weary of aged Tithon's faffron bed,
And the high hills Titan discovered ;
The royal virgin Thook off drowsy head,
-The day forth-dawning from the east,
Commanded them their daily works renew. Milton's descriptions of the Morning are exquisitely drawn; and though he has departed as much as possible from the beaten track, yet some traces of the former poets may be evidently seen.
Now morn her rofy steps in th' eastern clime
Wak'd by the circling hours, with rosy hand
And now went forth the morn,
Shot thro' with orient beams No descriptions of the morning can be more animated and sublime than those of SHAKESPEAR ; yet his thoughts bear great affinity to the preceding.
Look where the morn in russet mantle clad,
-Look, Love, what envious streaks
These passages may be juftly rank'd among grand and sublime thoughts; and though the out-lines seem to have been drawn by Homer, on which they have run their feve. ral divisions, yet they have all acquitted themselves, so as to obtain the applause of the learned and judicious ; for men of judgment will ever consider that nature is still the fame, and that where the same object is to be described, the fame thoughts, and often the same words, will occur, if the descriptions are just and natural.
We have attributed the first instance of describing the morning in this beautiful manner to Homer, yet it is to be observ'd, that there is much of this sublime imagery in the sacred writings, from whence fome hints may probably have been taken. Thus it is said of the sun, that He cometh forth out of his chamber as a bridegroom, and exulteth as a giant who is to run his race.
Besides these thoughts, which captivate with their grandeur and sublimity, there are others that equally affect us by their agreeableness or beauty. The first please, because they l:ave something great, which always charms the mind, whereas these please only because they are agreeable. Comparisons and descriptions, taken from florid and delightful subjects, form agreeable thoughts, in the same manner as those we take from grand subjects form those that are sublime.
The writings of the holy penmen are replete with these thoughts ; but as the beauties of the bible are in every hand, and to be seen every day, we shall select what ex. amples we have room to admit from our English poets. The description, however, which Solomon has given us of Wisdom, ought not to be omitted, because it is sufficient, one would think, to make every man in love with her.
Length of days are in her right hand, and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
There are many passages in Mr. Smart's poem on the Immensity of the Supreme Being, which contain agreeable thoughts; but that of the Ring-dove's neft is, I think, remarkably fo :
What are yon tow'rs,