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Celestial Cupid her fam’d son advanc'd,
Holds his dear Psyche sweet intranc'd,
After her wand'ring labors long,
Till free consent the Gods among
Make her his eternal bride,
And from her fair unspotted side

Two

happy ftate

But now in stedfast love and as an adjective, as in Spenser,

Faery Queen. B. 2. Cant. 1. St. She with him lives, and hath him 10.

borne a child, Pleasure, that doth both Gods To spoil her dainty corse fo fair and men aggrate,

and seen : Pleasure, the daughter of Cupid and and again Cant. 2. St. 49. Psyche late.

That with her sovereign power If the reader desires a larger ac and scepter sheen count of the loves of Cupid and

All faery lond does peaceable Psyche, he may find it in Apuleius.

susteen.

1002, th' Allyrian queen; ] But Milton uses it as a substantive Venus is so called because she was both here and before in ver. 893. first worshipped by the Affyrians. the azurn sheen, and in several other Pausanias Attic. Lib. 1. cap. 14. places ; and he makes heeny the

AND LOV de isegu 451V Amest igns adjective, as in the verses On the Ouegvias. Tapatos de ardpw to death of a fair infant. St. 7. Ασσυexoις κατες σεςεθαι τίω Ouegviavi and from the Assyrians Or did of late earth's sons beother nations derived the worlhip

fiege the wall of her. μετα δε Ασσυριες, Κυ Of Sheeny Heav'n, &c. πριων Παφίοις, και Φοινικων τοις Ασκαλωνα εχεσιν εν τη Παλαισ- In ufing Jbeen for a fubftantive Milτινή. σαρα δε Φοινικων

al', KuOnecoi ton has the authority of ShakeMelortes OsCor. Edit. Kuhnii, spear, Hamlet, A&t 3. Sc. 6. P-36.

And thirty dozen moons with 1003. - in spangled fbeen ] I borrowed loeen &c. think this word is commonly used

1012. But

N 3

IOIO

Two blissful twins are to be born,
Youth and Joy; so Jove hath sworn.

But now my task is smoothly done,
I can fly, or I can run
Quickly to the

green

earth's end,
Where the bow'd welkin slow doth bend,
And from thence can foar as soon
To the corners of the moon.

Mortals that would follow me,
Love Virtue, she alone is free,

1015

She

& C.

101 2. But now my task is smoothly Suit to the pale queen of night

done, &c] He had written at For a beam to give thee light? first, Now my mesage (or business) well But what follows in Milton is of a is done,

ftrain superior to Fletcher. I can fly, or I can run &c.

1014.

the
green

earth's end] The Satyr in the Faithful Shep- Cape de Verd Iles. Sympson, herdess fuftains much the same cha.

1018. Mortals that would follow racter and office as the attendent Spirit in the Mask, and he says to

me, &c] The moral of this the same purpose, Act 1,

poem is very finely summ'd in

up

these concluding fix verses ; the I must go, and I must run thought contain'd in the two laft

Swifter than the fiery fun: might probably be fuggested to our and in the conclufion his taking Cebes, where Patience and Perfe,

author by a passage in the table of leave is somewhat in the same

verance are represented stooping and manner,

stretching out their hands to help Thall I stray

up those who are endevoring to In the middle air, and stay climb the craggy hill of Virtue, The failing rack, or nimbly take and yet are too feeble to ascend of Hold by the moon, and gently themselves, Tbyer.

make

1020. She

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She can teach ye how to clime
Higher than the sphery chime ;
Or if Virtue feeble were,
Heav'n itself would stoop to her.

1020. She can teach

ye how to Would bow to her, was at first in clime &c] These four con- the Manuscript, and we have been cluding verses furnish'd Mr. Pope at the trouble of transcribing these with the thought for the conclusion variations and alterations more for of his ode on St. Cecilia's day. the satisfaction of the curious, than

Warburton. for any entertainment that it af1023 would stoop to ber.] forded to ourselves.

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L Y CI DA S.

In this monody the author bewails a learned friend,

unfortunately drown'd in his paffage from Chester

on

of his age.

This poem was made upon the niæ Juftitiarii, uxorem ; veneranunfortunate and untimely death of dum Præsulem, Edovardum King, Mr. Edward King, fon of Sir John Episcopum Elphinensem (a quo faKing Secretary for Ireland, a fel. cro fonte susceptus) reverendiffilow-collegian and intimate friend mum et doctislimum virum Gulielof our author, who as he was go- mum Chappel, Decanum ecclesiæ ing to visit his relations in Ireland, Casseliensis, et collegii Sanctæ Triwas drown'd on the roth of Au- nitatis apud Dublinienses præpofigust 1637, and in the 25th year tum (cujus in Academia auditor et

The year following alumnus fuerat) invisens; haud 1638 a imall volume of poems procul a littore Britannico, navi in Greek, Latin, and English, was icopulum allisa, et rimis et ictu faprinted at Cambridge in honor of tiscente, dum alii vectores vitæ morhis memory, and before them was talis frustra fatagerent, immortali. prefix'd the following account of tatem anhelans, in genua provoluthe deceas'd. P. M.S. Edovardus tus oransque, una cum navigio ab King, f. Joannis (equitis aurati, aquis absorptus, animam Deo redqui SSSRRR Elisabethæ, Ja. didit IIII. Èid. Sextileis, anno facobo, Carolo, pro regno Hiberniæ lutis M.DC.XXXVII. ætatis XXV. a secretis) col. Christi in Academia The last poem in the collection was Cant. focius, pietatis atque erudi- this of Milton, which by his own tionis conscientia et fama felix, in Manuscript appears to have been quo nihil immaturum præter æta- written in November 1637, when tem; dum Hiberniam cogitat, trac- he was almost 20 years old : and tus desiderio suorum, patriam, ag. these words in the printed titles naros et amicos, præ cæteris fra- of this poem, and by occasion foretrem, Dominum Robertum King tels the ruin of our corrupted clergy, (equitem auratum, virum ornatiffi- then in their highth, are not in the mum) sorores (fæminas lectisfimas) Manuscript.

This
poem

is with Annam, Dom. G. Caulfield, Ba- great judgment made of the paronis de Charlemont; Margare- ftoral kind, as both Mr. King and tam, D. G. Loder, fummi Hiber. Milton had been design d for holy

orders

on the Irish seas, 1637. and by occasion foretels the ruin of our corrupted clergy, then in their highth.

YET

ET once more,

O ye Laurels, and once more Ye Myrtles brown, with Ivy never fere,

I

--] The poem

orders and the paftoral care, which to the memory of his deceas’d lady gives a peculiar propriety to seve. by a gentleman, whose excellent ral passages in it: and in compos- poetry is the least of his many exing it the poet had an eye par- cellences, ticularly to Virgil's 10th Eclogue lamenting the unhappy loves of Gal

1. Yet once more lus, and to Spenser's paftoral poems begins somewhat like Virgil's Galupon the death of the Muses favo- lus, rite, Sir Philip Sidney. The reader

Extremum hunc, Arethusa, micannot but observe, that there are

hi concede laborem: more antiquated and obsolete words in this than in any other of Mil. And this yet once more is said in alton's poems ; which I conceive to lusion to his former poems upon be owing partly to his judgment, the like occasions, On the death for he might think them more of a fair infant dying of a cough, rustic, and better adapted to the Epitaph on the Marchioness of nature of pastoral poetry; and Winchester, &c. partly to his imitating of Spenser,

Oye Laurels, and once for as Spenser's stile is most antiquated, where he imitates Chau Ye Myrtles brown, with lvy never çer most, in his Shepherds Calen sere,] The laurel, as he was a dar

, so Milton's imitations of Spen- poet, for that was sacred to Apollo; ser might have the same effect up- the myrtle, as he was of a proper on the language of this poem. It age for love, for that was the plant is called a minody, from a Greek of Venus ; the ivy, as a reward of word fignifying a mournful or fu- his learning. Hor. Od. I. I. 29. neral song sung by a single person: doctarum ederæ præmia and we have lately had two admi frontium. rable poems publish'd under this title , one occafion'd by the death I've never sere, that is never dry,

a very ingenious never wither'd, being one of the poet of Cambridge, and the other ever-greens. We have the word

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