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Inglorious, of his mortal sting disarm’d.
His words here ended, but his meek aspect
it by a witticism of the same kind openly, triumphing over them in it, in Seneca, who speaking of the Col. II. 15. terror Pluto was in from the wound 259. Death laf] According to he received from Hercules, says, St. Paul, The last enemy that shall be Herc. Fur. ver. 568.
destroy'd is Death, 1 Cor. XV. 26. Effugit tenui vulnere saucius. 266. His words here ended, but Et mortis dominus pertimuit mori.
bis meek affé & Thyer.ch
e Silent yet spake, &c.] What a
you charming and lovely picture has 254. I through the ample air in Milton given us of God the Son
triumph bigh &c.] Thou haft. confider'd as our Saviour and Reafcended on high, i hou haft led coprie deemer ? not in the least inferior vity captive, Pfal. LXVIII. 18. in its way to that grander one in And having spoiled Principalities and the 6th book, where he describes Powers, he made a show of them him clothed with majesty and ter,
To mortal men, above which only shone
O thou in Heav'n and Earth the only peace
And ror, taking vengeance of his ene- good and benevolent being. The mies. Before he represents him mute eloquence, which our author speaking, he makes divine compal- has so prettily express'd in his filent fion, love without end, and grace yet spake, is with no less beauty dewithout measure visibly to appear in scribed by Tasso at the end of Arhis face: yer. 140. and carrying on mida's speech to Godfrey. Cant. 4. the same amiable picture, makes St. 65. him end it with a countenance
Ciò detto tace; e la risposta atbreathing immortal love to mortal
tende men. Nothing could be better con
Con atto, che'n filentio hà voce, triv'd to leave a deep impression
e preghi. Tbyer. upon the reader's mind, and I believe one may venture to assert, 269. - as a sacrifice &c.] AR that no art or words could lift the allusion to Psal. XL. 6. and the imagination to a stronger idea of a following verses, Sacrifice and of
And be thyself Man among men on earth, .
fering thou didft not defire, mine ears And Antony to Trebonius, Jule bast thou opened; burnt-offering and Cæs. A& III. fin-offering haft thou not required:
Though laft, not least in love.
The Then said I, Lo I come ; in ihe von lume of be book it is written of me: 281. — whom thou only can't rea I delight to do thy will, O my God; deem, gia, iby law is within my heart. Their nature] That is, the nature
of them, whom thou only canft 277. nor Man the least,] The redeem. A manner of speaking leaft dear, Though laft created; very usual with our author. somewhat like Shakespear’s Lear to Cordelia, A& I.
287. As in him perish all men, &c.]
For as in Adam all die, even fo in Now our joy,
Chris Jhall all be made alive, i Cor. Although our lat, not least. XV. 22.
So heav’nly love shall outdo hellish hate,
299. Giving to death, and dying “ demption) is wanting. But to
to redeem,] The love of the “ pay a price implying a volan. Father in giving the Son to death, « tary act, the poet therefore well and the love of the Son in sub- “ expresses it by giving to deató mitting to it and dying to redeem “ thật is giving himself to death; mankind. Mr. Warburton thus “ so that the sense of the line fully explains it. “ Milton's system of “ expresses Milton's notion, His“ divinity taught, says he, not k venly love gave a price for the me “ only that Man was redeemed, « demption of mankind, and by vir “ but likewise that a real price « tue of that price really reduced “ was paid for his redemption; " them.” &i dying to redeem therefore signify- 301, — and fill deftrors] Dr. “ ing only redemption in a vague Bentley objects to fill deforoys, that “ uncertain sense, but imperfectly this speech is before Adam's fall, “ represents his fyftem ; fo im. and therefore he thinks that Mil. “ perfectly that it may as well be ton gave it and will destroy. But “ called the Socinian ; the price there are many passages in theie “ paid (which implies a proper re- speeches of God and Meffiab,
Far more than great or high; because in thee
where the fall is spoken of as a notice as an instance of Milton's thing past; perhaps because all orthodoxy with relation to the dithings, even future ones, are pre. vinity of God the Son. sent to the divine Mind. Thus we 317.. all power. read in ver. 151.
I give thee;] Mat. XXVIII. 18. Thy creature late so lov’d:
All power is given unto me.
318. and asjume and ver. 181.
Thy merits; ] Imitated from Ho- that he may know how frail race's Sume superbiam quæftam meHis fall’n condition is: —
ritis, Od. III. XXX. 14. but adapt
ed to the divine Person to whom And yet these two passages, with it is spoken. others of the same kind, Dr. Bent- 321. All knees to thee shall bow,&c.] ley has suffer'd to stand uncensur'd. That at the name of Jesus every knee
Pearce. jould bow, of things in Heaven, and 306. Equal to God, and equally en- things in Earth, and things under the joying
Earth, Philip. II. 10. God-like fruition,] This deserves