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Of sheeny Heav'n, and thou some Goddess fled Amongst us here below to hide thy nectar'd head?
. VIII. Or wert thou that just Maid who once before Forsook the hated earth, O tell me sooth, And cam’st again to visit us once more? Or wert thou that sweet smiling Youth? Or that crown’d matron sage white-robed Truth? 54 Or any other of that heav'nly brood
[good? Let down in cloudy throne to do the world some
meant Hebe, in Latin Juventa, or Or wert thou Mercy that sweet Youth. And Mr. Jortin communi smiling youth? cated the following note. • A word For Mercy is often joind with “ of two syllables is wanting to fill Fuflice and Truth, as in the Hymn
is eafy to find such a word, but on the Nativity. St. 15. "impossible to determin what word Yea Truth and Justice then “ Milton would have inserted. He Will down return to men, “ uses Youth in the feminine gen
Orbid in a rainbow; and like der, as the Latins sometimes use glories wearing “ juvenis, and by this fair youth Mercy will fit between &c. " he probably means the Goddess And Mercy is not unfitly represent“ Hebe, who
was also called Ju- ed as a sweet smiling youth, this age ventas or Juventa." But others have proposed to fill up the verfe being the most susceptible of the
tender paffions. thus,
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And after short abode fly back with speed,
60 As if to show what creatures Heav'n doth breed,
Thereby to set the hearts of men on fire
To stand 'twixt us and our deferved smart? 69
-j. 75 This if thou do, he will an ofspring give,
[live. That till the world's last end shall make thy name to
68. Or drive away the Naughter- great plague in London, which
ing peftilence, ] It should be gives a peculiar propriety to this noted that at this time there was a whole stanza.
II. Anno Ætatis 19. At a Vacation Exercise in the college, part Latin, part English. The Latin Speeches ended, the English thus began. AIL nátive Language, that by sinews weak
Didst move my first endevoring tongue to speak, And mad'st imperfect words with childish trips, Half unpronounc'd, slide through' my infant-lips, Driving dumb silence from the portal door, 5 Where he had mutely fat two years before : Here I salute thee, and thy pardon ask, That now I use thee in my latter task : Small loss it is that thence can come unto thee, I know my tongue but little grace can do thee: Thou need'st not be ambitious to be first, Believe me I have thither packt the worst : And, if it happen as I did forecast, The daintiest dishes shall be sery'd
last, I pray thee then deny me not thy aid
15. For this fame small neglect that I have made;
These verses were made in 1627, in the edition of 1645, but were that being the 19th year of the first added in the edition of 1673.. author's age; and they were not
But haste thee strait to do me once a pleasure, ;;
30 Such as may make thee search thy coffers round, Before thou clothe my fancy in fit found:
29. Yet I had rather, if I were 36.
the thunderous throne ] to chuse,
Should it not be the thunderer's ? Tby service in fome graver fubje&t
Jortin. ufe, &c] It appears by this ad- I think I have seen the word thundress of Milton's to his native derous in other old authors, though language, that even in these green I cannot recollect the particular years he had the ambition to think paffages. of writing an epic poem; and it is 37: - unshorn Apollo] An epithet worth the curious reader's atten- by which he is distinguish'd in the tion to observe how much the Pa- Greek and Latin poets. Pindar radise Loft corresponds in its cir- Pyth. III. 26. anepoexoua 00169: cumstances to the prophetic with he Hor. Od. I. XXI. 2. now form'd. Thyer.
Such where the deep transported mind may foar
41 And hills of snow and lofts of piled thunder, May tell at length how green-ey'd Neptune raves, In Heav'n's defiance mustering all his waves ; Then sing of secret things that came to pass 45 When beldam Nature in her cradle was ; And last of kings and queens and heroes old, Such as the wife Demodocus once told
Intonfum pueri dicite Cynthium. The fields he passed then, whence
hail and snow, 41. And misty regions of wide air
Thunder and rain fall down from next under,
clouds above. Fairfax. And hills of fnow and lofts of piled
thunder,] So Tasso describes the descent of Michael. Cant. 9. &c] Alluding to the eighth book
48. Such as the wise Demodocus St. 61.
of the Odyssey, where Alcinous Vien poi da campi lieti, e fiam- entertains Ulysses, and the celemeggianti
brated musician and poet DemoD'eterno dì là, donde tuona, e docus fings the loves of Mars and pioue : Venus, and the destruction of Troy;