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Ver. 398. You may as well spreade out the un- | Aftcr v. 631, the six lines which follow in the tum'd heapes
printed copy are not in this MS. Of misers treasures by an outlawes | Ver. 647. Thirsis, lead on apace, I follJwe And tell me it is safe, as bid me hope
thee, Dainger will winke at opportunitie, In the Stage-DIRECTION after v. 658, soft music And she a single helpless maiden passe is not mentioned in this MS. Vninjur'd in this wide surrounding Ver. 678. To life soe friendly, or soe coole' to' wast.
thirst; Ver. 409, Secure, without all doubt or question,
Poore ladic, thou hast need of some re: no:
freshinge, I could be willing, though now i'th
That hasi been tired aldaye without darke, to trie
repast, A tough encounter with the shaggies!
A timely rest hast wanted, heere, fayre That lurks by hedge or lane of this dead
This will restore all soone.
nence. Ver. 415. As you imagine, brother; she has a hid- | The same corrupt reading accidentally occurs in den strength.
a modern duodecimo edition of Milton's PoetiVer. 426. Noe salvage, feirce bandite, or moun- cal Works. taneere.
| Ver. 732. The sea orefraught would swell, and th' In the manuscript a comma is placed both after
vnsougot diamonds saloage and feirce : the former may be retain
Would soe emblaze with starrs, that ed; and we might read fierce bandite, instead
they belowe of savage fierce in the printed copies. And
Would growe enur'd to light, and come thus Pope, Essay on Man, Ep. iv, v. 41.
at last No bandit fierce, po tyrant mad with pride.
To gaze vpon the sunn with shameless Ver. 428. Yea even, where very desolacion
The transcriber's eye here perhaps hastily passed By grots and caverns shag'd with horrid from emblaze to with starrs, which, in the printshades,
ed copies, the succeeding line presents. See And yawninge denns, where glaringe mon Com. v. 733, 734. The next nineteen lines in sters house.
the printed copies, after browes, viz. from v. Ver. 452. Naye more, noe evill thinge that walks 736, to v. 756, are not in this MS. by night.
Ver. 758. Would thinke to charme my judgment, Ver. 437. Has hurtefull power ore true virgi
. as my eyes. nitie :
| Ver. 772. Nature's full blessinge would be well Doe you beleeve me yet, &c.
dispenst. Ver. 448. The wise Minerva wore, vnconquer'd | Ver. 777. Ne'er looks to Heav'n amidst his gorvirgin.
geous seasts. Ver. 460. Begins to cast a beam on th' outward
But with besotted base ingratitude shape.
Crams, and blaspheames his feeder. Ver. 465. And most by lewde lascivious act of sin. | After feeder the following lines in the printed coVer. 472. Hoveringe, and sitting by a new made pies, viz. from y. 779, to v. 806, are not in this i grave.
1 MS. STAGE DIRECTION after v. 489. “ He hallowes | Ver. 810. And setlinge of a melancholy bloud.
and is answered, the guardian dæmon comes in, Srage-DIRECTION after v. 813. “ The brothers habited like a shepheard.”
rushe in with swords drawne, wrest his glasse Ver. 497. How cam’st here, good shepheard? hath of liquor out of his hand, and brake it against any ram, &c.
the ground; his rowte make signe of resistance, Ver. 513. lle tell you, tis not rain or fabulous. but are all driven in, the Demon is to come in Ver. 555. At last a sweete and solemne breath with the brothers." inge sound,
Ver. 814. What, have yee let the false enchaunter Rose like the softe steame of distill'd
Ver. 821, Some other meanes I have that may And stole vpon the aire.
be vsed. These variations present this charming passage, 1 Ver. 828. Whoe had the scepter from his father think, with as strong effect as the other copies.
STAGE-DIRECTION after v. 866. “ The verse to singe Ver. 605. Harpies and Hydraes, or all the mon
or not.” strous buggs.
Ver. 867. Listen, and appear to vs, Ver. 608. Or drag him by the curles, and cleave
In name of greate Oceanus, his scalpe
By th' Earth-shakinge Neptune's mace, Downe to the hipps.
And Tethis grave majestick pace.
El. B. By hoarie Nereus wrincled looke,
Now my taske is smoothly done,
I can flye, or I can run % Bro. By scalie Tritons windinge shell,
Quickly to the earthe's greene end,
And from thence can soare as soone
To the corners of the Moone. 2 Bro. By Thetis tinsel-slipper'd feete,
Mortalls, that woull follow me,
Love vertue; she alone is free:
She can teach you how to clyme
Higher than the sphearie chime!
Heven it selfe would stoope to her.
| The Epilogue, in this manuscript, bas not the Rise, rise, and heave thy rosie head,
thirty-six preceding lines, which are in the From thy corall paven bed,
printed copies. Twenty of them, however, as And bridle in thy headlonge wave,
we have seen, open the drama. Like the Till thou our suinmons answered have.
Cambridge manuscript, this manuscript does Listen, and save.
not exhibit what, in the printed copies, relates
to Adonis, and to Cupid and Psyche. The four The invocations, assigned to the Brothers in the
charmning verses also, wbich follow v. 983 in preceding lines, are recited by the Spirit alone
the printed copy, are not in the manuscript.
TODD, in all other copies of the poem. It is probable, that at Ludlow Castle, this part of the poem was sung; the four first lines perhaps as a trio; the rest by each performer separately.
SONNETS. Ver. 893. Thick' set with agate, and the azur'd
A. v. S. i. And Greene, the “azur'd skye,”. TO THE NIGHTINGALE.
O NIGHTINGALE, that on yon bloomy spray v. 893. :
Warblest at eve, when all the woods are still; Ver. 897. Thus I rest my printles feete
Thou with fresh hope the lover's heart dost fil!, Ore the couslips head.
While the jolly Hours lead on propitious May. Ver. 907. Of voblest inchaunters vile,
Thy liquid notes that close the eye of day, Ver. 911. Thus I sprinkle on this brest.
First heard before the shallow cuckoo's bill, STAGE-DIRECTION arter v. 937. “ Songe ends."
| Portend success in love; O, if Jore's will Ver. 938. El. Br. Come, Sister, while Heav'n
Have link'd that amorous power tu thy soft lay, lends vs grace,
Now timely sing, ere the rude bird of hate Let vs fly this cursed plače, &c. Foretel my hopeless doom in some grore nigh; Dem. I shal be your faithfull guide
As thou from year to year hast sung too late Through this gloomie covert wide, &c. For my relief, yet hadst no reason why: Ver. 951. All the swaynes that neere abide,
Whether the Muse, or Love,call thee his mate, With jiggs and rural daunce resorte;
Both them I serve, and of their train am I. Wee shall catch them at this sporte, &c.
But night sitts monarch yet in the Donna leggiadra, il cui bel nome honora
L'herbosa val di Rheno, eil mobil varco; The Spirit again is the sole speaker of the nine- || Bene è colui d'ogni valore scarco teen preceding lines in the printed copy.
Qual tuo spirto gentil non innamora; STAGE-DIRECTION. “The Sceane changes, then Che dolcemente mostra si di fuora is presented Ludlowe towne, and the Presi
De sui atti soavi giamai parco, dent's Castle; then come in Countrie daunces Ei don', che son d'amor saette ed arco, and the like, &c. towards the end of these sports | La onde l'alta tua virtu s'infiora. the demon with the 2 brothers and the ladye Quando tu vaga parli, o lieta canti come in,” Then
Che mover possa duro alpestre legno,
Guardi ciascun a gli occhi, ed a gli orecch "The Spiritt singes."
L'entrata, chi di te si trouva jadegno;
Gratia sola di su gli vaglia, inanti
Che'l disio amoroso al cuor s'invecchi, and mother.” Noble Lord, and Lady bright, &e.
Qual in colle aspro, al imbrunir di sera STAGE-DIRECTION 'after v. 975. “ They dannce, L'avezza giovinetta pastorella the daunces al ended, the Demon singes or Va bagnando l'hertetta strana e bella
Che mal si spande a disusata spera
Fuor di sua natia alma primavera,
L'hebbi fedele, intrepido, costante, Cosi Amor meco insà la lingua spella
De pensieri leggiadro, accorto, e buono; Desta il fior novo di stranja favella,
Quando rugge il gran mondo, e scocca il tuono, Mentre io di te, vezzosamente altera,
S'arma di se, e d'intero diamante : Canto, dal mio buon popol non inteso
Tanto del forse, e d'invidia sicuro, E'l bel Tamigi cangio col bel Arno.
Di timori, e speranze, al popol use, Amor lo volse, ed io a l'altrui peso
Quanto d'ingegno, e d'alto valor vago, Seppi ch' Amor cosa mai volse indarno.
E di cetta sonora, e delle muse : Deh! foss'il mio cuor lento e'l duro seno
Sol troverete in tal parte men duro, A chi pianta dal ciel si buon terreno,
Ove Amor mise l'insanabil ago.
Ribonsi donne e giovani amorosi
M'accostandosi attorno, e perche scrivi,
Canzon dirotti, e tu per me rispondi
ON HIS BEING ARRIVED TO THE AGE OF 23.
Stol'n on his wing my three and twentieth year
But my late spring no bud or blossom shew'th.
That I to manhood am arriv'd so near;
That some more timely-happy spirits endu'th.
It shall be still in strictest measure even
To that same lot, however mean or bigh, Toward which Time leads me, and the Will of All is, if I have grace to use it so, [Heaven : As ever in my great 'Task-Master's eye.
WHEN THE ASSAULT WAS INTENDED TO THE
Diodati, e tel dirò con maraviglia,
Quel ritroso io ch'amor spreggiar soléa
M'abbaglian sì, ma sotto nova idea
Portamenti alti honesti, e nelle ciglia
Parole adorne di lingua piu d'una,
E’l cantar che di mezzo l'hemispero
E degli occhi suoi auventa si gran fuoco
Captain, or colonel, or knight in arms, (seize,
Whose chance on these defenceless doors may
That call fame on such gentle acts as these,
The great Emathian conqueror bid spare
The house of Pindarus, when temple and tower
Of sad Electra's poet had the power
Per certo i bei vostr'occhi, Donna mia
Esser non puo che non sian lo mio sole
Per l'arene di Libia chi s'invia,
Da quel lato si spinge ove mi duole,
Che forse amanti nelle lor parole • Cbiaman sospir ; io non so che si sia: Parte rinchiusa, e turbida si cela
Scosso mi il petto, e poi n'uscendo poco
Quivi d' attorno o s'agghiaccia, o s'ingiela;
Tutte le notti a me suol far piovose
TO A VIRTUOUS YOUNG LADY.
Wisely hast shunn'd the broad way and the
That labour up the hill of heavenly truth,
Chosen thou hast; and they that overween,
No anger find in thee, but pity and ruth.
To fill thy odorous lamp with deeds of light, And hope that reaps not shame. Therefore be sure
[friends Thou, when the bridegroom with his feastful
Passes to bliss at the mid hour of night,
GIOVAne piano, e semplicette amante
Poi che fuggir me stesso in dubbio sono,
ON TRE SAME.
I did but prðmpt the age to quit their clogs
By the known rules of ancient liberty, Of England's council and her treasury,
When straight a barbarous noise environs me Who liv'd in both, unstain'd with gold or fee,
Of owls and cuckoos, asses, apes, and dogs: And left them both, more in himself content,
As when those hinds that were transform'd to Till sad the breaking of that parliament
frogs Broke him, as that dishonest victory
Rail'd at Latona's twin-born progeny, At Chæronea, fatal to liberty,
Which after held the Sun and Moon in fee. Kill'd with report that old man eloquent.
But this is got by casting pearl to bogs; Though later born than to have known the day's, That bawl for freedom in their senseless mood, Wherein your father flourish’d, yet by you,
And still revolt when truth would set them Madam, methinks, I see him living yet ;
free. So well your words his noble virtues praise,
Licence they mean when they cry Liberty; That all both judge you to relate them irve,
For who loves ibat, must first be wise and goud; And to possess them, honour'd Margaret.
But from that mark how far they rore we see,
TO MR. X. LAWES ON THE PUBLISHING AIS
And woven close, both matter, form,and style; | HARRY, whose tuneful and well measurd song
With Midas ears, committing short and long; Cries the stall-reader, Bless us! what a word on Thy worth and skill exempts thee from the A title page is this! and some in file
throng, : Stand spelling false, while one might walk to With praise enough for Envy to look wan; Mile
(Gordon, To after age thou shalt be writ the man, Evd Green. Why is it harder, sirs, than that with smooth air could'st humour bestour Colkitto, or Macdonnel, or Galasp?.
[wing Those rugged names to our like mouths grow Thou honour'st verse, and verse must lend her sleek,
[gasp. To honour thee, the priest of Phæbus' quire, That would have made Quintilian stare and That tuu'st their happiest lines in hymn or · Thy age, like ours, O soul of sir John Cheek,
Met in the milder shades of Purgatory.
XIV. the daughter of sir James Ley, whose singular ON THE RELIGIOUS MEMORY OF MRS. CATAE. learning and abilities raised him through all the
RINE THOMSON', my Christian friend, great posts of the law, till he came to be made
deceased 16 Decemb. 1646. earl of Malborough, and lord hig' treasurer, and lord president of the council to king James When Faith and Love, which parted from thee 1. He died in an advanced age; and Milton at
never, tributes his death to the breaking of the parlia Had ripen'd thy just soul to dwell with God, ment; and it is true that the parliament was Meekly thou didst resign this earthly load dissolved the 10th of March 1628-9, and he died Of death, call'd life; which us from life doth on the 14th of the same month. He left seve
sever. ral sons and daughters; and the lady Margaret was married to captain Hobson of the Isle of of whom Milton calls a Serving-man turned Sol. Wight. It appears from the accounts of Mil- licitor! Our author's divorce was on Platonic ton's life, that in 1643 he used frequently to vi. principles. He held, that disagreement of mind sit this lady and her husband; about which was a better cause of separation than adultery or time we may suppose this sonnet to have been | frigidity. Here was a fair opening for the laughcomposed.
ers. This and the following Sonnet were written Ver. 1. A book was writ of late cull'd Tetrachor- | soon after 1645. For this doctrine Milton was don,] This elaborate discussion, unworthy in summoned before the Lords. But they not apmany respects of Milton, and in which much proving his accusers, the presbyterian clergy, or acuteness of argument, and comprehension of thinking the business too speculative, he was reading, were idly thrown away, was received quickly dismissed. On this occasion Milton with contempt, or rather ridicule, as we learn commenced hostilities against the Presbytefrom Howel's Letters. A better proof that it rians. was treated with neglect, is, that it was attacked l 'Mrs. Catherine Thomson, I find in the acby two nameless and obscure writers only; one counts of Milton's life, that, when he was first
Thy works, and alms, and all thy good endea- | Whether to settle peace, or to unfold vour,
The drift of hollow states hard to be spell'd; Staid not behind, nor in the grave were trod; Then to advise how war may, best upheld, But, as Faith pointed with her golden rod, I Move by her two main nerves, iron and gold,
Follow'd thee up to joy and bliss for ever. In all her equipage: besides to know Love led them on and Faith, who knew them best Both spiritual power and civil, what each Thy band-maids, clad them o'er with purple
What severs each, thou hast learn’d, which few And azure wings, that up they flew so drest,
have done: And spake the truth of thee on glorious themes The bounds of either sword to thee we owe: Before the Judge; who thenceforth bid thee Therefore on thy firm hand religion leans rest,
In peace, and reckons thee her eldest son. And drink thy fill of pure immortal streams.
ON THE LATE MASSACRE IN PIEMONT.
bones Fairfax, whose name in arms through Europe Lie scatter'd on the Alpine mountains co'd;
Even them who kept thy truth so pure of old, Filling each mouth with envy or with praise,
When all our fathers worshipt stocks and · And all her jealous monarchs with amaze
stones, And rumours loud, that daunt remotest kings; / Forget not : in thy book record their groans Thy firm unshaken virtue ever brings
Who were thy sheep, and in their ancient fold Victory home, though new rebellions raise Slain by the bloody Piemontese that roll'd Their Hydra hcads, and the false North dis
Mother with infant down the rocks. The plays
moans Her broken league to imp their serpent-wings. The vales redoubled to the hills, and they O yet a nobler task awaits thy hand,
To Heaven. Their martyr'd blood and ashes (For what can war, but endless war still breed?) !
SOW Till truth and right from violence be freed, I O'er all the Italian fields, where still doth swa; And public faith clear'd from the shameful brand | The triple tyrant; that from these may grow
Of public fraud. In vain doth valour bleed, A hundred fold, who, having learn'd thy way,
ON HIS BLINDNESS,
When I consider how my light is spent Not of war only, but detractions rude,
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide, Guided by faith and matchless fortitude,
And that one talent which is death to hide, To peace and truth thy glorious way hast Lodg'd with me useless, though my soul more plough'd,
bent And on the neck of crowned fortune proud To serve therewith my Maker, and present Hast rear'd God's trophies, and his work pur. My true account, lest he, retuming, chide; sued,
(imbrued, “ Doth God exact day-labour, light denied ?" While Darwen stream, with blood of Scots I fondly ask: but Patience, to prevent
And Dunbar field resounds thy praises loud, That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need And Worcester's laureat wreath. Yet much re- “ Either man's work, or his own gifts; who mains
best To conquer still; peace hath her victories Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best : his No less renown'd than war: new foes arise
state Threatening to bind our souls with secular chains: Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed,
Heip us to save free conscience from the paw And post o'er land and ocean without rest; Of hireling wolves, whose gospel is their maw. They also serve who only stand and wait.” XVII.
TO MR. LAWRENCE.
Now that the fields are dank, and ways are The helm of Rome, whep gowns, not arms, re
mire, The fierce Epirot and the African bold; [pellid Where shall we sometimes meet, and by the fire
Help waste a sullen day, what may be won made Latin secretary, he lodged at one Thomson's next door to the Bull-head tavern at Char Ver. 1. Lawrence, of virtuous father virtuous ing-Cross. This Mrs. Thomson was in al pro- son, &c.] The virtuous father Henry Lawrence, bability one of that family. NEWTON. was member for Herefordshire in the Little Par.