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To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart?
But thou eanst best perform that offiee where thou art. 70


Then thou, the mother of so sweet a ehild,

Her false-imagined loss eease to lament,

And wisely learn to eurb thy sorrows wild:

Think what a present thou to God hast sent,

And render him with patienee what he lent. 75

This, if thou do, he will an offspring give,
That, till the world's last end, shall make thy name to live.


Fly, envious Time, till thou run out thy raee;
Call on the lazy leaden-stepping hours,
Whose speed is but the heavy plummet's paee;
And glut thyself with what thy womb devours,
Whieh is no more than what is false and vain, I
And merely mortal dross;
So little is our loss,
So little is thy gain!

For when as eaeh thing bad thou hast entomb'd,

And last of all thy greedy self eonsumed, W

Then long Eternity shall greet our bliss

AVith an individual kiss;

And Joy shall overtake us as a flood;

When every thing that is sineerely good

And perfeetly divine, 15

With Truth, and Peaee, and Love, shall ever shine

About the supreme throne

Of him, to whose happy-making sight alone

When onee our heavenly-guided soul shall elimb;

Then, all this earthy grossness quit, 20

Attired with stars, we shall for ever sit,

Trinmphing over Death, and Chanee, and thee, O Time.


Blest pair of Sirens, pledges of Heaven's joy;
Sphere-born harmonious sisters, Voiee and Verse;

• In Miiton's manuseript, written with his own hand, the title is,—"On Time.

To be set on a eloek-ease."

t The ''OJe at a 8olemu MuMrk" is a short prelnde to the strain of genins whkh

?radured " Paradise ly,st." Warton says, that perbaps there are no finer iines in lilton than one long pudage whieh he rRes, l17-34.) l must say that this is going a iittle too fsv. That they are very fine l admit; hut the subiime phiiosophy, to whieh hv. allndes Nb their prototype, must not be put in eomparison with the fountains of Paradise Lost." 8o far they are exeeedingly eurious, that they show how early the lMet had eonstrueted in his own ndnd the langnage of his divine imagery, and how rieh and vigorous his style was, amost in his boyhood.—Bkydges.

12. individual: Eternal, inseparable. 14. 8ineertly: Purely, perfeetly.

Wed your divine sounds, and mix'd power employ

Dead things with inbreathed sense able to pieree;

And to our high-raised phantasy present i

That undisturbed song of pure eoneent,

Aye sung before the sapphire-eolour'd throne

To him that sits thereon,

With saintly shout, and solemn jubilee;

Where the bright Seraphim, in burning row, 10

Their loud uplifted angel trumpets blow;

And the eherubie host, in thousand quires,

Toueh their immortal harps of golden wires,

With those just spirits that wear vietorious palms,

Hymns devout and holy psalms 15

Singing everlastingly:

That we on earth, with undiseording voiee,

May rightly answer that melodious noise;

As onee we did, till disproportion^ sin

Jarr'd against Nature's ehime, and with harsh din 20

Broke the fair musiek that all ereatures made

To their great Lord, whose love their motion sway'd

In perfeet diapason, whilst they stood

In first obedienee, and their state of good.

0, may we soon again renew that song, 25

And keep in tune with Heaven, till God ere long

To his eelestial eonsort us unite,

To live with him, and sing in endless morn of light!


Tuis rieh marble doth inter
The honour'd wife of Winehester,
A viseount's daughter, an earl's heir,
Besides what her virtues fair

Added to her noble birth, I
More than she eould own from earth.
Summers three times eight save one
She had told; alas! too soon,
After so short time of breath,

To house with darkness and with death. lo

s ln Howell's entertaining Letters, there is one to this lady,—the Lady Jane 8avage. Marehioness of Winehester,—dated Mareh 15. MWo. He says, he agisted her inlearnin): 8panish; and that Nature and the Graees exhausted ail their treasure and skiil in "framing this exaet medel of female perfeetion."

0. The unrlisturbed tang of pure eement , affeeted expressions, and less weakened Lz the diups.-'ou of the musie of the - by pompous epithets: and in this perspheres, to whieh, in Plato's system, Ged spienous and simple style are eonveyed himself iistens.—T. Wakton. 8ee note some of the noblest ideas of a most subon iine 02 of Areades." p. 451. iime phiiosophy, heightened by metA

17. That we on earth, &e. Perhaps phors and allusiona snitable to the zob there are no finer iinos in Miiton, less jeet.—T. Warvon. obseured by eoneeit, less emharrassed by

Yet had the number of her days
Been as eomplete as was her praise,
Nature and Fate had had no strife
In giving limit to her life.

Her high birth, and her graees sweet,
Quiekly found a lover meet;

The god that sits at marriage feast:
He at their invoking eame,
But with a searee well-lighted flame;
And in his garland, as he stood,
Ye might diseern a eypress bud.
Onee had the early matrons run
To greet her of a lovely son;
And now with seeond hope she goes,
And ealls Lueina to her throes:
But, whether by misehanee or blame,
Atropos for Lueina eame;
And with remorseless eruelty
Spoil'd at onee both fruit and tree:
The hapless babe, before his birth,
Had burial, yet not laid in earth;
And the languish'd mother's womb
Was not long a living tomb.

So have I seen some tender slip,
Sav'd with eare from winter's nip,
The prido of her earnation train,
Pluek'd up by some unheedy swain,
Who only thought to erop the flower
New shot up from vernal shower;
But the fair blossom hangs the head
Sideways, as on a dying bed;
And those pearls of dew she wears
Prove to be presaging tears,
Whieh the sad morn had let fall
On her hastening funeral.

Gentle lady, may thy grave
Peaee and quiet ever have;
After this thy travel sore
Sweet rest seize thee evermore,
That, to give the world inerease,
Shorten'd hast thy own life's lease.
Here, besides the sorrowing
That thy noble house doth bring,
Here be tears of perfeet moan
Wept for thee in Helieon;
And some flowers, and some bays,
For thy herse, to strow the ways,



22. Cyprtss bnd: An emblem of a funeral, ealled by Horaee /wK^ns, and by 8penser " the eypress funerai." 28. Cronos, the late who presided orer death.

Sent thee from the banks of Came,

Devoted to thy virtnous name; *0
Whilst thou, bright saint, high sit'st in glory,
Next her, mueh Tike to thee in story,
That fair Syrian shepherdess,
Who, after years of barreuness,

The highly-favour'd Joseph bore «'
To him that served for her before;
And at her next birth, mueh like thee,
Through pangs fled to felieity,
Far within the bosom bright

Of blazing Majesty and Light: '0
There with thee, new weleome Saint,
Like fortunes may her soul aequaint,
With thee there elad in radiant sheen,
No Marehioness, but now a Queen.


Now the bright morning-star, day's harbinger,
Comes daneing from the east, and leads with her
The flowery May, who from her green lap throws
The yellow eowslip and the pale primrose.

Hail, bounteous May, that dost inspire 0

Mirth, and youth, and warm desire;

AVoods and groves are of thy dressing;

Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing 1
Thus we salute thee with our early song,
And weleome thee, and wish thee long. 10

n This beautiful iittle song presents an endnent proof of Miiton's attention to the effeet of metre, in that adndrable ehange of nu rulers with whieh he d,-seribea the appearanee of the May Morning, and salutes her after she has afpeared; us different as the subjeet is, and predueed by the transition from iambies to troehaies. 8o in "L'Allegro," he hanishes Melaneholy in iambies, but invites rJupbrosyno and her attendants in troehaies.—Tonn.

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At a VACATION EXERCI8En in the College, part Latin, part English.
The Latin speeehes ended, the English thus hegan:—

Hail, native Language, that by sinews weak
Didst move my first endeavouring tongue to speak;
And mad'st imperfeet words with ehildish trips,
Half unpronouneed, slide through my infant lips;
Driving dumb Silenee from the portal door, I
Whero ho had mutely sat two years before!
Here I salute thee, and thy pardon ask,
That now I use thee in my latter task:
Small loss it is that thenee ean eome unto thee;
I know my tongue but little graee ean do thee: 10
Thou need'st not be ambitious to bo first;
Believe me, I have thither paek'd the worst:
And, if it happen as I did foreeast,
The daintiest dishes shall be served up last.
I pray thee, then, deny me not thy aid 15
For this same small negleet that I have made:
But haste thee straight to do me onee a pleasure,
And from thy wardrobe bring thy ehiefest treasure;
Not those new-fangled toys, and trimming slight,
AVhieh takes our late fantastieks with delight; 20
But eull those riehest robes, and gay'st attire,
Whieh deepest spirits and ehoieest wits desire.

s Written in 1027. The " Verses at a Vaeation Exereise in College." are full of ingennity and lmagery, and have several fine passages; but, thongh they blame u new-fangled toys" with a noble disdain, they are themseives in many porta too fantastie.—Brt Does.

10. Not those orwfangled toys, Ae . Perl,apn he here allndes to Liily's "Euphu.es," n book full of nftV, ted pbra^wlo..'y, whieh p,t1 tended to reform or refine the Engiish langnage. The ladies and the oonrtiers wen, all instrueted in this new style, and it was esteemed a mark of ignoranee, or unpoiiteneas not to understand Euphnism.

21. B ,t'uU, &e. From a youth of nineteen these are striking expressions of a eons,iousness of superior genins, and of an ambition to ri,ealrove the level of the Iashionable rbymers. At so early au age

Miiton began to eonoeive a eontempt Ct the poetry in vogne; and this he seems to have retained to the last. ln the '' Traetate on Edueation," reeommending to his pupiis the stndy of goed erities, he adds, "This wonld make them soon pereeive what despieable ereatures our eommon rbvmors and play-writers be; aud show what reiigious, what glorious, what m ,gnitieent use ndght l.e mede of poetry.'' Miiton's own writings an' the most iilustrions proof of this.—T. WaeTon.

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