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My race of glory run, and race of Thame,
MANO A H.
SAMSON. O that torment should not be confin'd 606 To the body's wounds and fores, With maladies innumerable In heart, head, breast and reins; But must secret passage find
and humors black, Th’animal spirits &c. That mingle with thy fancy.] This So again in the Mask, very just notion of the mind or fancy's being affected and as it
'tis but the lees were tainted with the vitiated And settlings of a melancholy humors of the body Milton had blood.
Thyer. before adopted in his Paradise Loll, where he introduces Satan 606. O that torment should not be in the Thape of a toad at the ear confin'd&c.] Milton, no doubt, of Eve. IV. 804.
was apprehensive that this long Or if, inspiring venom, he might description of Samson's grief and taint
To th’inmost mind,
615 Though void of corporal sense.
My griefs not only pain me
rage, Nor less than wounds immedicable
620 Rankle, and fester, and gangrene, To black mortification. Thoughts my tormentors arm’d with deadly stings Mangle my apprehensive tenderest parts, Exasperate, exulcerate, and raise Dire inflammation, which no cooling herb
misery might grow tedious to the Mangle &c ] This descriptive reader, and therefore here with imagery is fine and well pursued. great judgment varies both his The idea is taken from the effects manner of expressing it and the of poisonous falts in the stomach versification. These sudden starts and bowels, which stimulate, tear, of impatience are very natural to inflame and exulcerate the tender persons in such circumstances, and fibres, and end in a mortification, this rough and unequal measure which he calls death's benumming of the verses is very well suited opium, as in that itage the pain is Thyer.
Or medicinal liquor can afswage,
I was his nursling once and choice delight,
627. Or medicinal liquor can al
Their medicínal gum.
628. nounc'd with the accent upon the
- from snowy Alp.] He
ufes Alp for mountain in general, lait syllable but one, as in Latin ;
as in the Paradise Lost. II. 620. which is more musical than as we commonly pronounce it medicinal O’er many a frozen, many a with the accent upon the last fylla fiery Alp. ble but two, or med'cinal as Milton Alp in the strict etymology of the has used it in the Mask. The same word fignifies a mountain white mafical pronunciation occurs in with snow. We have indeed apShakespear. Othello Act 5. Sc. 10. propriated the name to the high Drop tears as fast as the Arabian mountains which separate Italy trees from France and Germany; but
And to those cruel enemies,
any high mountain may be fo cal. This part of Samson's speech is led, and fo Sidonius Apollinaris little more than a repetition of calls mount Athos, speaking of what he had said before, ver. 23. Xerxes cutting through it, Carmen
O wherefore was my birth from
à fault to our author. Grief vela per Alpem.
though eloquent is not tied '40 And the old Glossary interprets Alps forms, and is besides apt in its own by op uitmaa high mountains. nature frequently to recur to and 633. I was his nursling once &c] repeat its source and object. Thyer.
All chances incident to man's frail life,
God of our fathers, what is man!
656. All chances incident to man's confolatories are writ with study'd
frail life, &c] There is a full argument, and much persuasion is stop at the end of this line in all fought &c. the editions, but there should be 659. Lenient of grief ] Express’d only a comma, as the sense evinces, from what we quoted before from the construction being And consola- Horace Epift. I. I. 34. tories writ with &c to the bearing
Sunt verba et voces quibus hunc well &c. Milton himself corrected
lenire dolorem it in the first edition ; but when
Poslis. an error is once made, it is sure to be perpetuated through all the 660. But with th' afflicted &c] editions:
Here was another error perpe658.-andmuch persuasion fought] tuated through all the editions, I suppose an error of the press for
But to th' afflicted &c. fraught.
Warburton. I conceive the confruction to be, Milton himself corrected it, and