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ODES
Dr the Morning of Christ's Nativity
The Passion
Upon the Circumcision
On the Death of a Fair Infant
On Time
At a Solemn Music ...
An Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchester ...
Song on May Morning

MISCELLANIES
A Vacation Exercise
An Epitaph on William Shakspeare
On the University Carrier
Another on the Same ...
On the New Forcers of Conscience ...

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TRANSLATIONS
The Fifth Ode of Horace, Lib. I.
From Geoffrey of Monmouth
Fron Dante
From Dante
From Ariosto ...
From Horace
From Euripides ...
From Horace ...
From Horace ...
From Sophocles
rom Seneca

PSALMS.

Palm I. ...

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BOOK I.

THE ARGUMENT. : The First Book proposes, first in brief, the whole subject, Man's disobedience, and the loss thereupon of Paradise, where in he was placed: then touches the prime cause of his fall, the Serpent, or rather Satan in the Serpent; who, revoiting from God, and drawing to his side many legions of angels, was, by the command of God, driven out of heaven, with all his crew into the great deep. Which action passed over, the poem hastens into the midst of things, presenting Satan, with his angels, now falling into hell, described here, not in the centre, (for heaven and earth may be supposed as yet not made, certainly not yet accursed,) but in a place of utter darkness, fitliest called Chaos : here Satan, with his angels, lying on the burning lake, thunder-struck and astonished, after a certain space recovers, es from confusion, calls up him who next in order and dignity ay by him: they confer of their miserable fall; Satan awakens all his legions, who lay till then in the same manner confound Hl. They rise; their numbers; array of battle; their chie leaders named according to the idols known afterwards in Ca. naan and the countries adjoining. To these Satan directs his Beech, comforts them with hope yet of regaining heaven, but Iclls them lastly of a new world, and a new kind of creature to be created, according to an ancient prophecy, or report, in heaven; for, that angels were long before this visible creations *as the opinion of many ancient fathers. To find out the truih of this prophecy, and what to determine thereon, he refers to a full council. What his associates thence attempt. Pandes monium, the palace of Satan, rises, suddenly built out of the deep : the infernal peers there sit in council,

Or Man's first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world, and all our woo
With loss of Eden, till one greater Mani
Restore us, and regain the blissful seat,
Sing, heavenly muse, that on the secret top
Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspirë
That shepherd, who first tanght the chosen Led
In the beginning how the heavens and earth
Rose out of chos: or, if Sion bil

Delight shee more, and Siloa's brook that flow and
l'ast lsy, the oracle of God; I thence
Invoke thy aid to my adventurous song,
That with no middle flight intends to soar
Above the Aonian mount, while it pursues
Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.
And chiefly Thou, O Spirit, that dost prefe
Before all temples the upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for thou knowest; thou from the first
Wast present, and, with mighty wings outspread,
Dove-like sat'st brooding on the vast abyss,
And mad'st it pregnant : wliat in me is dark,
Illumine; what is low, raise and support;
That to the height of this great argument
I may assert Eternal Providence,
And justify the ways of God to meri.

Say first, for Heaven hides nothing from thy view,
Nor the deep tract of hell ; say first, what causa
Moved our grand Parents, in that happy state,
Favoured of Heaven so highly, to fall off
From their Creator, and transgress his will
For one restraint, jords of the world besides ?
Who first seduced them to that foul revolt ?
The infernal Serpent; he it was, whose guile,
Stirred up with envy and revenge, deceived
The mother of mankind, what time his pride
Had cast him out from heaven, with all his host
Of rebel angels ; by whose aid, aspiring
To set himself in glory above his peers,
He trusted to have equalled the Most High,
If he opposed ; and with ambitious aim
Against the throne and monarchy of God,
Raised impious war in heaven, and battle proud,
With vain attempt. Him the Almighty Power
Hurled headlong flaming from the ethereal sky,
With hideous ruin and combustion, dawn
To bottomless perdition, there to dwell
In adamantino chaiac and penal fire,
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Nine times the space that measurer day and nighs To mortul men, he with his horrid crew Lay vanquishel, rolling in the fiery guf, Confounded, though immortal : but his doom Reserved him to more wrath; for now the though Both of lost happiness and lasting pain Torments him: round ne throws his baleful eyes, That witnessed huge affliction and dismay, Mixed with obdurate pride and stedfast hate : At once, as far as angels' ken, he views l'he disnial situation waste and wild ; A dungeon horrible on all sides round, As one great furnace flamed; yet from those flainen No light; but rather darkness visible Served only to discover sights of woe, Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace And rest can never dwell ; hope never comes That comes to all : but torture without end Still urges, and a fiery deluge, fed With ever-burning sulphur unconsumed : Such place eternal justice had prepared For those rebellious ; here their prison ordained In utter darkness, and their portion set As far removed from God and light of heaven, As from the centre thrice to the utmost pole. O, how unlike the place from whence they fell ! There the companions of his fall, o'erwhelmed With flvods and whirlwinds of tempestuous fire, He soon discerns; and weltering by his side One next himself in power, and next in crime, Long after known in Palestine, and named Beëlzebub. To whom the arch-enemy, And thencein heaven called Satan, with bold words, Breaking the horrid silence, thus began :

“If thou beest he; but O, how fallen! how changed From him, who, in the happy realms of light, Clothedwith transcendent brightners,didstoutshine Myriads though bright! If he whom mutual league, United thoughts and counsels, equal hope And hazard in the glorious entorpriza,

Joined with me once, now misery hath joined
In equal ruin! Into what pit thou seest, [proved
From what height fallen; so much the stronger
He with his thunder : and till then who knew
The force of those dire arms? Yet not for those,
Nor what the potent Victor in his rage
Can else inflict, do I repent or change,
Though changed in outward lustre, thatfixed mind,
And high disdain from sense of injured merit,
That with the Mightiest raised me to contend,
And to the fierce contention brought along
Innumerabile force of spirits ar med,
That durst dislike his reign, and, me preferring,
His utmost power with adverse power opposed
In dubious hattle on the plains of heaven, [lost ?
And shook his throne. What though the field be
All is not lost; the unconquerable will
And study of revenge, immortal hate,
And courage never to submit or yield,
And what is else not to be overcome;
That glory never shall his wrath or might
Extort from me.

To bow and sue for grace
With suppliant knee, and deify his power,
Who from the terror of this arm so late
Doubted his empire ; that were low indeed,
That were an ignominy, and shame beneath
This downfal; since by fate, the strength of gods,
And this empyreal substance cannot fail :
Since througb experience of this great event
In arms not worse, in foresight much advanced,
We may with more sucoessful hope resolve
To wage, by force or guile, eternal war,
Irreconcileable to our grand foe,
Who now triumphs, and, in the excess of joy,
Sole reigning, holds the tyranny of heaven.'

So spake the apostate angel, though in pain, Vaunting aloud, but racked with deep despair; And him thus answered soon his bold compéer :

“O prince, O chief of many-throned pou ers, That led the embattled serai! im to war

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