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Of sun, or moon, or star throughout the
year, 5 Or man, or woman. Yet I argue not Against Heav'n's hand or will, nor bate a jot
Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer - Right onward. What supports me, dost thou ask?
The conscience, Friend, to' have lost them overply'd
In liberty's defense, my noble task,
* On his deceased WIFE.
Methought I saw my late espoused saint
Brought 7. Against Heav'n's hand &c] It Whereof all Europe rings from fide was at first in the Manuscript God's
to side. hand: and one jot in the printed This thought might lead me through copies is a jot in the Manuscript.
this world's vain mask -but still bear up and sleer
Content though blind, had I no Right onward. ] In the Manu
other guide. fcript it was at first,
The Manuscript has the advantage but still attend to steer
over the printed editions, unless Uphillward.
rings may be thought better than
talks from fide to side. 12. Of which all Europe talks something very pleasing,
from side to fade. &c] In the very noble, in this conscious virtue printed copies these lines are thus,
and magnanimity of a great poet;
There is as well as
Brought to me like Alcestis from the
grave, Whom Jove’s great fon to her glad husband gave, Rescued from death by force, though pale and
faint. Mine, as whom walh'd from spot of child-bed taint
5 Purification in the old Law did save, And such, as yet once more I trust to have
Full sight of her in Heav'n without restraint, Came vested all in white, pure as her mind :
Her face was veil’d, yet to my fancied sight
Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shin'd So clear, as in no face with more delight.
But O as to embrace me she inclin’d, I wak’d, she fed, and day brought back my night.
and for the same reason no part of 2. like Alcestis from the grave, Mr. Pope's works affords greater &c] Alcestis was the wife of Adpleasure than what he says of him- metus king of Thessaly, who beself and his writings, especially in ing dangerously ill obtain’d by the his imitation of the first Satire of means of Apollo, that he should Horace, and in his Satires intitled recover, if any body else would from the year 1738.
die in his stead. His wife volun
tarily offer'd herself, but Hercules * This was his second wife, Ca- intervening rescued her from death, tharine the daughter of Captain and brought her back again to her Woodcock of Hackney, who lived husband. Our author borrows the with him not above a year after allusion from a play of Euripides their marriage, and died in child- called Alceftis. bed of a daughter,
PSALM I. Done into verfe, 1653.
In counsel of the wicked, and i'th' way
HY do the Gentiles tumult, and the nations
Musea vain thing, the kings of th'earth upstand With pow'r, and princes in their congregations Lay deep their plots together through each land
Against the Lord and his Messiah. dear?
5 Let us break off, say they, by strength of hand Their bonds, and cast from us, no more to wear, Their twisted cords: He who in Heav'n doth
dwell Shall laugh, the Lord shall scoff them, then severe Speak to them in his wrath, and in his fell And fierce ire trouble them; but I, faith he,
Anointed have my King (though ye rebel) On Sion my holy' hill. A firm decree
I will declare; the Lord to me hath faid
Thou art my Son, I have begotten thee 15 This day; alk of ask of me, and the
grant As thy possession I on thee bestow
Th’Heathen, and as thy conquest to be sway'd Earth’s utmost bounds: them shalt thou bring full
low With iron scepter bruis’d, and them disperse 20
Like to a potter's vefsel shiver'd so.
Be taught ye Judges of the earth; with fear
Jehovah serve, and let your joy converse With trembling; kiss the Son left he appear 25
ye perish in the
ORD how many are my foes !
Many are they
my life distrustfully thus say,
Thee through my story
head I count ;
millions The populous rout I fear not, though incamping round about