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But lately finding him fo. long at home,
Another on the same. HE
ER E lieth one, who did most truly prove
That he could never die while he could move; So hung his destiny, never to rot While he might still jogg on and keep his trot, Made of sphere-metal, never to decay Until his revolution was at stay. Time numbers motion, yet (without a crime Gainst old truth) motion number'd out his time: And like an engin moy'd with wheel and weight, His principles being ceas’d, he ended strait.
Rest rent of seven Lays of pasture-ground lying “nance of this conduit for ever. « in St. Thomas's Lays towards the mainte- at his death he gave rol. towards the further
Rest that gives all men life, gave him his death,
Link'd “ beautifying the same.” I cannot say much death: they abound with that sort of wit, in commendation of these verses upon his which was then in request at Cambridge.
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Link'd to the mutual flowing of the seas,
L'ALLEGRO. HENCE loathed Melancholy,
Of Cerberus and blackest Midnight born, In Stygian cave forlorn
This and the following poem are exquisitely 1. Hence loathed Melancholy, &c.] The bebeautiful in themselves, but appear much more ginning of this poem is somewhat like the bebeautiful, when they are considered, as they ginning of Kal. Decembres Saturnales of Statius, were written, in contrast to each other. There Sylvarum Lib. I. is a great variety of pleasing images in each of them; and it is remarkable, that the poet
Et Phoebus pater; & severa Pallas,
Et Mufæ procul ite feriatæ : represents several of the same objects as ex
Jani vos revocabimus Kalendis. citing both mirth and melancholy, and affect
Saturnus mihi compede exoluta, ing us differently according to the different
Et multo gravidus mero December, dispositions and affections of the soul. This
Et ridens jocus, et sales protervi: is nature and experience. He derives the title
Adfint, dum refero diem beatam of both poems from the Italian, which lan
Læti Cæfaris, ebriamque partem. guage was then principally in vogue. L'Allegro
. is the chearful merry man; and in this poem ;
2. Of Cerberus and blackest Midnight born, ] he describes the course of mirth in the country The poet in making Melancholy the daughter and in the city from morning till noon, and of Cerberus might perhaps intend to insinuate, from noon till night : and possibly he might that she has something of the cynic, as well as have this in his thoughts, when he said after- something monstrous and unnatural, in her comwards in his Areopagitica -“ there be de- position : but if this poem had not undergone “ lights, there be recreations and jolly paftimes two impressions in Milton's life time, and one " that will fetch the day about from sun to of them before he lost his fight, I should “ sun, and rock the tedious year as in a de- have imagin’d that he had wrote Erebus in" lightful dream.” Vol. 1. p. 154, 155. Edit. stead of Cerberus, as being more agreeable to 3738.
Heathen mythology. Erebus and Night are