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185 The parting Genius is with sighing sent; With flowr-inwoven treffes torn

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In confecrated earth,
And on the holy hearth,

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The Lars, and Lemures moan with midnight plaint;
In urns, and altars round,
A drear and dying sound

Affrights the Flamens at their service quaint;
And the chill marble seems to sweat,

195 While each peculiar Pow'r forgoes his wonted feat.

XXII.

Peor and Baälim
Forsake their temples dim,

With that twice batter'd God of Palestine;

And

Alluding to the story of a voice proclamo' and Night Spirits. Flamens, priests. ing that the great Pan was dead, and im- 199. With that twice batterid God of Pamediately was heard a great groaning and la

lestine;] Dagon, who was twice batter'd mentation. See more to this purpose in Plu- by Samson, Jud. XVI. and by the ark of God, [arch's treatise De oraculorum defectu.

1 Sam. V. Our author is larger in his account 196. Lars and Lemures ] Houlhold Gods of these deities in the first book of the Para

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And mooned Ashtaroth,
Heav'n's queen and mother both,

Now sits not girt with tapers holy shine;
The Lybic Hammon shrinks his horn,

fmourn. In vain the Tyrian maids their wounded Thammuz

XXIII.

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And sullen Moloch fled,
Hath left in shadows dread

His burning idol all of blackest hue;
In vain with cymbals ring
They call the grisly king,

In dismal dance about the furnace blue;
The brutifh Gods of Nile as faft,
Isis and Orus, and the dog Anubis haste.

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XXIV.

Nor is Osiris seen
In Memphian grove or green,

Trampling

dife Loft, and thither we must refer our reader 201. Heav'n's

queen

and mother both, ] She and to the notes there. Selden had a few was called regina cæli and mater Deúm. See years before publish'd his De Diis Syris Syn- Selden. tagmata. duo, and therefore we may suppose

the dog Anubis] Virg. Æn. VIII. Milton was so well instructed in this kind of 698. latrator Anubis. learning

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Trampling the unshowr'd grass with lowings loud: Nor can he be at rest

216 Within his sacred chest,

Nought but profoundest Hell can be his shroud; In vain with timbrel'd anthems dark The fable-stoled sorcerers bear his worshipt ark.

XXV.
He feels from Juda's land
The dreaded Infant's hand,

The rays of Bethlehem blind his dusky eyn;
Nor all the Gods beside,
Longer dare abide,

Not Typhon huge ending in snaky twine:
Our babe to show his Godhead true,
Can in his swadling bands controll the damned crew.

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XXVI.

So when the sun in bed,
Curtain’d with cloudy red,

230 Pillows

215. -- the unshowr'd grass] There being no Our Babe to New his Godhead true : rain in Egypt, but the country made fruitful with the overflowings of the Nile. Richardson. but this pitiful jingle could not be Milton's.

227. Our babe to show &c ] In the printed He undoubtedly wrote it show. Calton.

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244. Bright

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Pillows his chin upon an orient wave,
The flocking shadows pale
Troop to th’infernal jail,

Each fetter'd ghost flips to his several grave,
And the yellow-skirted Fayes
Fly afterthe night-steeds,leavingtheir moon-lov'd maze.

XXVII.
But see the Virgin blest
Hath laid her Babe to rest,

Time is our tedious song should here have ending:
Heav'n's youngest teemed star
Hath fix'd her polish'd car,

Her sleeping Lord with handmaid lamp attending: And all about the courtly stable Bright-harnest Angels sit in order serviceable.

The

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244. Bright-barnest] Drest, arm’d, accou- the Bible. 1 Kings XX. 11. Let not him that tred. Arnese in Italian is a general name for girdeth on his harness, boast bimself, as be that all kinds of habits and ornaments. Richardson. puttetb it off. Exod. XIII. 18. The children of Harness is used for armour in our translation of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.

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Rewhile of music, and ethereal mirth,

Wherewith the stage of air and earth did ring,
And joyous news of heav'nly Infant's birth,
My Muse with Angels did divide to sing;
But headlong joy is ever on the wing,

In wintry solstice like the shorten'd light
Soon swallow'd up in dark and long out-living night.

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For now to sorrow must I tune my song,
And set my harp to notes of faddest woe,
Which on our deareft Lord did seise ere long,
Dangers, and snares, and wrongs, and worse than fo,
Which he for us did freely undergo:

Most perfect Hero, try'd in heaviest plight
Of labors huge and hard, too hard for human wight!

He

It appears from the beginning of this poem, 22. These latest scenes] So it is in the second that it was composed after, and probably foon edition of 1673; in the former of 1645 it is after, the ode on the Nativity.

These latter scenes..

26. Loud

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