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To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart? But thou canst best perform that office where thou art. 70
This, if thou do, he will an offspring give,
Triumphing over Death, and Chance, and thee, O Time.
AT A SOLEMN MUSICK.
* In Milton's manuscript, written with his own hand, the title is,_"On Time. To be set on a clock-cuse."
† The Ode at a Solemn Musick" is a short prelude to the strain of genius which produced · Paradise Lost.” Warton says, that perhaps there are no finer lines in Milton than one long passage which he cites, (17-24.) I must say that this is going a little too far. That they are very fine I admit; but the sublime philosophy, to which he alludes as their prototype, must not be put in comparison with the fountains of Paradise Lost." So far they are exceedingly curious, that they show how early the pet had constructed in his own mind the language of his divine imagery, and how rich and vigorous his style was, airiost in his boy bood.-BRYDGES.
12. Individual: Eternal, inseparable.
14. Sincerely : Purely, perfectly.
Wed your divine sounds, and mix'd power employ
AN EPITAPH ON THE MARCHIONESS OF
* In Howell's entertaining Letters, there is one to this lady,-the Lady Jane Sarage, Marchioness of Winchester,-dated March 15, 1626. lle says, he assisted ber in learning Spanish; and that Nature and the Graces exhausted all their treasure and skill in * framing this exact model of female perfection."
6. The undisturbed song of pure concent affected expressions, and less weakened is the dinpa-op of the music of the by pompous epithets: and in this perspheres, to which, in Plato's system, God spicuous and simple style are conveyed himself listene.-T. WARTON, See note some of the noblest ideas of a most subon line 62 of " Arcades," p. 451.
lime philosophy, heightened by meta17. That we on earth, &c. Perhaps phors and allusions suitable to the sub there are no finer lines in Milton, leseject.-T. WARTON. obscured by conceit, less embarrassed by
Yet had the number of her days
Her high birth, and her graces sweet,
So have I seen some tender slip,
Gentle lady, may thy grave
22. Cypress bud: An emblem of a funeral, called by Horace funebris, and by Spenser "the cypress funeral.” 28. Atropos, the fate who presided over death.
Sent thee from the banks of Came,
SONG ON MAY MORNING.*
Now the bright morning-star, day's harbinger, Comes dancing from the cast, and leads with her The flowery May, who from her green lap throws The yellow cowslip and the pale primrose.
Hail, bounteous May, that dost inspire
Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing!
* This beautiful little song presents an eminent proof of Milton's attention to the effect of metre, in that admirable change of numbers with which he describes the appearance of the May Morning, and salutes her after she has appeared; as different as the subject is, and produced by the transition from iambics to trochaics. So in “L'Allegro," he banishes Melancholy in iambics, but invites Euphrosyne and her attendants in trochaics.-TODD,
59. Banks of Came: The Camus angli- 68. Through pangs, &c. We cannot tou cised. See - Lycilas," 103. “I have been much admire the beauty of this line: I told that there was a Cambridge-collec wish it had closed the poem, which it tion of verses on her death, among which would have done with singular effect. Milton's elegiack ode first appeared."-T. What follows serves only to weaken it, WARTON.
and the last verse is an eminent instance 63. Syrian shepherdess: Rachel. Gen. of the bathos.-DUNSTER. XXX. 22, 23.
ANNO ÆTATIS XIX.
At a VACATION EXERCISE* in the College, part Latin, part English.
The Latin speeches ended, the English thus began :-
Written in 1627. The “ Verses at a Vacation Exercise in College," are full of ingenuity and imagery, and have several fine passages; but, though they blame * new-fangled toys" with a noble disdain, they are themselves in many parts too fantastic.-BRYDGES.
19. Not those new fangled toys, &c. Milton began to conceive a contempt for Perhaps he here alludes to Lilly's “ Eu- the poetry in vogue; and this he seems plues, book full of affected phraseo- to have retained to the x-t. In the lory, which pretended to reform or refine“ Tractate on Education," recommending the English language. The lalies and to his pupils the study of food critics, the courtiers were all instructed in this he ads, " This would make them soon new style, and it wag entecmedi a mark perceive what despicable creatures our of irnorance or unpoliteness not to un- | common rhymers and play-writers be; derstand Euphuism.
and show what religious, what glorious, 21. Biul. &c. From a yonth of nine what magnificent use might be made of teen these are triking expressions of a poetry." Milton's own writings are the consciousness of superior genius, and of most illustrious proof of this.-T. WARan ambition to rise above the level of the TON, fashionable rhymers. At so early an age 1