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So sweetly sung your joy the clouds along
Through the soft silence of the liftning night; 5
Now mourn, and if sad share with us to bear
Your fiery essence can distil no tear,
Burn in your fighs, and borrow
Seas wept from our deep sorrow :
He who with all Heav'n's heraldry whilere
Enter'd the world, now bleeds to give us ease;
Alas, how foon our sin
Sore doth begin

His infancy to seise !
O more exceeding love or law more juft? 15
Just law indeed, but more exceeding love!
For we by rightful doom remediless
Were lost in death, till he that dwelt above
High thron’d in secret bliss, for us frail dust
Emptied his glory, ev'n to nakedness;
And that great covenant which we still transgress
Entirely satisfied,



Improbus ille puer : crudelis tu but not as it is in our translation quoque mater. Richardson. He made himself of no reputation,

but as it is in the original é autor Emptied his glory, ] An ex- czerwo£, He emptied himself. pression taken from Philipp. II. 7.

24. - for


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And the full wrath beside
Of vengeful justice bore for our excess,
And seals obedience first with wounding {mart
This day, but o ere long
Huge pangs and strong

Will pierce more near his heart,



B LEST pair of Sirens, pledges of Heav’n’s joy,

Sphere-born harmonious fisters, Voice and Verse, Wed your

divine sounds, and mix'd pow'r employ Dead things with inbreath'd sense able to pierce, And to our high-rais’d phantasy present

5 That

-24. for cur excess,] He has Dead things with inbreath'd fenfe used the word in the same sense

able to pierce, Paradise Lost XI. VII.

And as your

equal raptures temper'd

Sweet Bewailing their excess

In bigħ mysterious happy spoufal

meet, but I think with greater propriety

Snatch us from earth a while, there than here,

Us of ourselves and native woes

beguile, 3. Wed your divine founds, &c] In the Manuscript it appears that

And to our high-rais'd phantasy he had written thefe lines thus at

present & c first.


of pure concent,] $o we Mix your choice words, and happiest read in the Manuscript, and in the Sounds employ

edition of 1673, and we prefer the



That undisturbed fong of pure concent,
Ay sung before the faphir-color'd throne
To him that fits thereon
With faintly shout, and folemn jubilee,
Where the bright Seraphim in burning row
Their loud up-lifted angel-trumpets blow,
And the cherubic host in thousand quires
Touch their immortal harps of golden wireś,
With those just Spirits that wear victorious palms,
Hymns devout and holy psalms

Singing everlastingly;
That we on earth with undiscording voice
May rightly answer that melodious noise.;
As once we did, till disproportion'd fin


authority of both to the single one With those juft Spirits that wear of the edition in 1645, which has the blooming palms, of pure content.

Hymns devout and sacred psalms

Singing everlastingly, 7. the faphir-color'd throne]

While all the Aarry rounds and Alluding to Ezek. I. 26. And above

arches blue the firmament that was over their ,

Refound and echo Hallelu; beads, was the likeness of a throne,

That we on earth &c. as the appearance of a saphir fione.

10. in burning row] He The viltorions palms is in allusion had written at first in triple row.

to Rey. VII. 9. clothed with white

robes, and palms in their hands. 14. With those juft Spirits &c ] These lines were thus at first in the 18. May rightly answer that meManuscript.

lodious noise ; ] The following D4


Jarr'd against nature's chime, and with harsh din 20
Broke the fair music that all creatures made a
To their great Lord, whose love their motion fway'd
In perfect diapafon, whilst they stood
In first obedience, and their state of good.

may we soon again renew that song,
And keep in tune with Heav'n, till God ere long
To his celestial confort us unite,
To live with him, and fing in endless morn of light,



* An Epitaph on the MARCHIONESS of Winchester.

HIS rich marble doth enter

The honor'd wife of Winchester, A Vicount's daughter, an Earl's heir, Besides what her virtues fair



lines were thus at first in the Mą. Plin. Lib. 2. Sect. 20.' Ita feptem nufcript.

tonos effici, quam diapasón harmoBy leaving out those harsh ill found- niam vocant, hoc eft, universita

tem concentus. Richardson. ing jars Of clamorous fin that all our music 28. To live with him, and fing mars, .

&c) In the Manuscript the last line And in our lives, and in our song stands thus, May keep in tune with Heav'n, till God ere long & c.

To live and fing with him in end

less morn of light. 23. In perfeet diapafon,] Concord through all the tones, doce Warw.

* This Lady was Jane, daugh


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Added to her noble birth,
More than she could own from earth.
Summers three times eight save one
She had told; alas too soon,
After so short time of breath,
To house with darkness, and with death,
Yet had the number of her days
Been as complete as was her praise,
Nature and fate had had no ftrife
In giving limit to her life.
Her high birth, and her graces

Quickly found a lover meet;
The virgin quire for her request
The God that fits at marriage feast;
He at their invoking came
But with a scarce well-lighted flame;


20 And

ter of Thomas Lord Vicount Savage of Rock-Savage in the countty of Chefter, who by marriage became the heir of Lord Darcy Earl of Rivers; and was the wife of John Marquiss of Winchester, and the mother of Charles first Duke of Bolton. She died in childbed of second son in the 23d year of her age, and Milton made these verses at Cambridge as appears by the sequel.

19. He at their invoking came But with a scarce well-lighted

flame ;) From Ovid. Met. X. 4. Adfuit ille quidem; fed nec fo

lemnia verba, Nec lætos vultus, nec felix attu

lit omen. Fax quoque, quam tenuit, la

crimoso ftridula fumo Usque fuit, nullofque invenit motibus ignes. Fortin.


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