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And after short abode fly back with speed,
Thereby to set the hearts of men on fire
But oh why didst thou not stay here below
To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart?
Then thou the Mother of so sweet a Child
68. Or drive away the Naughtering pestilence,] a great plague in London, which gives a peIt Ihould be noted that at this time there was culiar propriety to this whole stanza.
This if thou do, he will an ofspring give, That till the world's lastend shall make thy name to live.
Anno Ætatis 19. At a Vacation Exercise in the col
lege, part Latin, part English. The Latin speeches ended, the English thus began.
AIL native Language, that by sinews weak
Didst move my first endevoring tongue to speak, And mad'st imperfect words with childish trips, Half unpronounc’d, slide through my infant-lips, Driving dumb silence from the portal door, Where he had mutely fat 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 thence can come unto thee, I know my tongue but little grace can do thee: Thou need'st not be ambitious to be first, Believe me I have thither packt the worst:
And, These verses were made in 1627, that they were not in the edition of 1645, but being the 19th year of the author's age ; and were first added in the edition of 1673.
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And, if it happen as I did forecast,
29. Yet I had rather, if I were to chuse, cumstances to the prophetic wish he now
Thy service in some graver subje& use, &c] It form’d. Thyer. appears by this address of Milton's to his
36. - the thunderous throne] Should it not native language, that even in these green be the thunderer's ?
Jortin. years he had the ambition to think of writ- I think I have seen the word thunderous in other ing an epic poem; and it is worth the cu- old authors, though I cannot recollect the
parrious reader's attention to observe how much ticular passages. the Paradise Loft corresponds in its cir
37. - unshorn
Yet I had rather, if I were to chuse,
- unporn Apollo] An epithet by which So Tasso describes the descent of Michael, he is distinguish'd in the Greek and Latin
St. 61. Pindar Pyth. III. 26. ακερσεκομα Φοιβω. Hor. Vien poi da campi lieti, e fiammeggianti Od. I. XXI. 2.
D'eterno dì là, donde tuona, e pioue : Intonsum pueri dicite Cynthium.
The fields he passed then, whence hail and
snow, 41. And misty regions of wide air next under, Thunder and rain fall down from clouds. And bills of snow and lofts of piled thunder, ]
Then sing of secret things that came to pass
Then Ens is represented as father of the Predicaments
his ten sons, whereof the eldest stood for Substance with his canons, which Ens, thus speaking, explains. OOD luck befriend thee, Son; for at thy birth The faery ladies danc'd upon the hearth;
Thy 48. Such as the wise Demodocus &c] Allud- Alcinous entertains Ulysses, and the celei.g to the eighth book of the Odyssey, where brated musician and poet Demodocus sings