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Both of her beauty and submissive charms
Sight hateful, fight tormenting ! thus these two 505 Imparadis'd in one another's arms,
fimile, and describes the earth put- like that fine one in the Psalms of ting forth her fairest flowers as the the clouds dropping fatness, Psal. immediate effect of them. And LXXV. 12. and it is said May fioze'r; Virgil likewise in describing the to signify that this is done in the spring employs the same kind of spring, as Virgil describes it. And images, and represents Jupiter ope- then follows and press’d her matron rating upon his spouse for the lip, where the construction is Adam production of all things, Georg. smild with superior love, and press'd II. 325.
her matron lip, the simile being to be Tum pater omnipotens fæcundis
batis understood as included in a paren
thesis. Her matron lip evidently imbribus æther Conjugis in gremium lætæ descen
em fignifies her married lip, in distinc
" tion from a maiden or a virgin lip, dit, et omnes
... as Ovid Fast. II. $28. speaking of Magnus alit, magno commixtus
Lucretia then married, says matron corpore, fætus.
cheeks, For then almighty Jove descends, and pours
Et matronales erubuere genz. Into his buxom bride his fruitful It implies that she was married ta Thow'rs;
him, and that therefore their kisses And mixing his large limbs with
were lawful and innocent. It was hers, he feeds
the innocence of their loves that Her births with kindly juice, and
made the Devil turn aside for envy, fosters teeming seeds. Dryden. 506. Imparadis'd in one another's That expression of the clouds fwedding arms] Imparadis d has been flow'rs is very poctical, and not un- remark'd as a word first coin'd by VOL. I.
The happier Eden, shall enjoy their fill
With Milton. But Sir Philip Sidney has Where's neither joy nor love, it in Arcadia, p. 109. So this imparadis'd neighbourhood made Zel- Where's contracted for where is. mane's foul cleave unto her. And the
Bentley. Italians had prior possession Impa. But Milton often leaves out the radifato. Bentley.
word is, as in VIII. 621, and with.
out love no happiness. Pearce. 509. Where neither joy nor love,] This sentence has no exit, unless 515. — Knowledge forbidden ?] you'll say without sense, where nei. This is artfully perverted by Satan, ther joy nor love pines. He gave as if some useful and necessary it therefore
knowledge was forbidden: where
With more desire to know, and to reject
So saying, his proud step he scornful turn’d,
as our first parents were created Pearce says that without any al. with perfect understanding, and the teration or any pun we may only knowledge that was forbidden read was the knowledge of evil by the A chance (but chance) may lead &c commission of it.
that is a chance, and it can be only 530. A chance but chance may lead a chance, may lead &c. But this Dr. Bentley censures this jingle, sort of jingle is but too common and thinks it unbecoming Satan at with Milton. This here is not so serious a juncture to catch at much unlike the forte fortuna of the puns; therefore proposes to read Latins. fome lucky chance may lead &c. Dr.
539. - in
Mean while in utmost longitude, where Heaven
$30. in utmost longitude,] At and to reconcile them I think we the utmost length, at the farthest must read Had low descended or perdistance. Longitude is length, as haps Lowly descended, or understand in V. 754.
it as Dr. Pearce explains it, that - from one entire globose
the sun descended fiowly at this Stretch'd into longitude,
time, because Uriel its Angel came
on a sun-beam to Paradise, and and it is particularly apply'd to the was to return on the same beam; distance from east to weit. See the which he could not well have done, notes upon III. 555. 574.
if the sun had mov'd on with its
usual rapidity of course. 541. Slowly descended,] Dr. Bent
549. - Gabriel] One of the ley objects to this verse" for a fri- A
. Arch-Angels, sent to show Daniel volous reason, and reads Had low
the vision of the four monarchies descended, because the sun pafles
nes and the seventy weeks, Dan. VII. equal spaces in equal times. This
and IX. and to the Virgin Mary is true (as Dr. Pearce replies) in to reveal the incarnation of our philosophy, but in poctry it is usual
Saviour, Luke 1. His name in the to represent it otherwise. But I Her
Hebrew signifies the man of God, or have a stronger objection to this
this the firength and power of God; well
way verse, which is that it seems to bu
by our author posted as chief of contradiä what is said before, ver. th
ore, ver. the angelic guards placed about Pa353.
radise. Hume. The sun – was hafling now with 551, heroic games] They prone carreer
were not now upon the watch, To ih ocean iles,
They awaited night; but their arms
Still as it rose, impossible to climb.
were ready. The Angels would Nare per æstatem liquidam funot be idle, but employ'd them fpexeris agmen. Richardson. selves in these noble exercises. So the soldiers of Achilles during his 556. On a fun beam, ] Uriel's quarrel with Agamemnon, and so gliding down to the earth upon a the infernal Spirits, when their sun-beam, with the poet's device chief was gone in search of the to make him descend, as well in his new creation, II. 528. Richardson. return to the sun, as in his coming
555. — gliding through the even] from it, is a prettiness that might That is thro' that part of the he have been admired in a little fanmisphere, where it was then even- ciful poet, but seems below the geing. Evening (says Dr. Bentley) nius of Milton. The description is no place of space to glide thro': of the host of armed Angels walkno more is day or night, and yet ing their nightly round in Paradise, in the sense, which I have given is of another spirit, to even, Milton says in the next So saying, on he led his radiant verse but one thwarts the night, files o and elsewhere speaks of the confines Dazling the moon: of day.
Pearce. In ver. 792. Uriel is said to be ar- as that account of the hymns riv'd from the sun's decline, which which our first parents used to hear is no more a place than the even- them fing in these their midnight ing, but beautifully poetical; and walks, is altogether divine, and inja itify'd by Virgil, Georg. IV. 59. expreisibly amusing to the imaginawhere a swarm of bees Tails thro' tion.
Adeifin. the glowing summer :
As Uriel was coming from the fun