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To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart?
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,
Fly, envious Time, till thou run out thy raee;
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.
AT A SOLEMN MUSICK.f
Blest pair of Sirens, pledges of Heaven's joy;
• 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
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!
AN EP1TAPH ON THE MARCHIONESS OF
Tuis rieh marble doth inter
Added to her noble birth, I
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
Her high birth, and her graees sweet,
The god that sits at marriage feast:
So have I seen some tender slip,
Gentle lady, may thy grave
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
The highly-favour'd Joseph bore «'
Of blazing Majesty and Light: '0
SONG ON MAY MORN1NG"
Now the bright morning-star, day's harbinger,
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
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.
ANNO .ETATI8 XlX.
At a VACATION EXERCI8En in the College, part Latin, part English.
Hail, native Language, that by sinews weak
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.