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So sweetly sung your joy the clouds along
His infancy to seise !
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
And the full wrath beside
Will pierce more near his heart,
At a SOLEMN MUSIC.
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
-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,
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
may we soon again renew that song,
* 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
Added to her noble birth,
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.