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She heard them give thee this, that thou Shouldīt still From eyes of mortals walk invisible':

mortals walk invisible; wid66 Yet there is something that doth force my fear;! 91A For once it was my dismal hap to hear that I A Sibyl old, bow-bent with crooked age, ...

ul That far events full wisely could prefage, "070 And in time's long and dark prospective glass! >.<iT Foresaw what future days should bring to pass z OT Your fon, said the, (nor can you it prevent) sort Shall subject be to many an Accident, sunt indT O'er all his brethren he shall reign as king,

75 Yet every one shall make him underling, i 2n 22 mm And those that cannot live from him afundert und Ungratefully shall strive to keep him under, In worth and excellence he shall out-go them, Yet being above them, he shall be below them; 180 From others he shall stand in need of nothing, IT Yet on his brothers shall depend for To find a foe it shall not be his hap, zis) Liik And peace shall lull him in her flow'ry lap;

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Yet fhall he live in strife, and at his door
Devouring war shall never cease to roar :
Yea it shall be his natural property
To harbour those that are at enmity. 1;.!!
What pow'r, what force, what mighty fpell, if not
Your learned hands, can loose this Gordian knot?

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91. Rivers arife ; &c.] In in- who like some earth-born giant

. &e. voking these rivers Milton had his This description is much nobler eye particularly upon that admi.than Spenser's St. 35sable episode in Spenfer of the marsiage of the Thames and the Med- And bounteous Trent, that in way, where the several rivers are himself enfeams introduc'd in honor of the cere. Both thirty sorts of fith, and mony. Faery Queen B. 4. Cant. thirty fundry streams. 11. Of utroli Tweed; fo Spenser St. 36.

The name is of Saxon original,

but (as Camden observes in his And Twede the limit betwixt Lo- Staffordshire.) “ fome ignorant

“ and idle pretenders imagine the And Albany

name to be derived from the

« French word Trente, and upon Or Ofe, either that in Yorkshire, “ that account have feign'd thirty or that in Cambridgeshire, both“ rivers running into it, and likemention 'd by Spenser. Or gulphy “ wise so many kinds of fish swimDun, I find not in Spenfer, but fup- “ ming in it."

ming in it." However this nopose the Den is meant from whence tion might very well be adopted in Doncaster has its name; and Cam- poetry. Or fullen Mole &c. So den's account of this river fhows Spenser St. 32. the propriety of the epithet gulphy. “ Danus, commonly Don and And Mole, that like a noulling “ Dune, seems to be so call'd, be- mole doth make " cause it is carried in a low deep His way still under ground, til! • channel ; for that is the signifi- Thamis he o'ertake. * cation of the British word Dan." See Camden's Yorkshire. Or Trent, See the same account in Camden's


The next Quantity and Quality spake in prose, then

Relation was call’d by his name.
IVERS arise; whether thou be the son

Of utmost Tweed, or Oose, or gulphy Dun,
Or Trent, who like some earth-born giant spreads
His thirty arms along th’indented meads,



Surry. Or Severn fwift &c. We See Lycidas too.ver. 55. Or Humshall have a fuller account of this ber loud &c. So Spenfer speaks of: in the Makk. Or rocky Avon, Spen- this Scythian king, and of his befer more largely St. 31.

ing drown'd in the river, St. 38. ljo; But Avon marched in more state

And nam'd the river of his wretchly path,

ed fate; Proud of his adamants, with

Whose bad condition yet it doth which he shine's

retain, And glifters wide, as als of won

Oft tofled with his storms, which 5 drous Bath

therein still remain. And Bristow fair, which on his waves he builded hath. And the Medway and the Thame

are join'd together, as they are Or fedgy Lee, this river divides Mid- married in Spenser. I wonder dlesex

and Effex. Spenser thus that Milton has paid no particular describes it, St. 29.

compliment to the river flowing by

Cambridge (this exercise being The wanton Lee that oft doth made and spoken there) as Spenser lose his way.

has done Șt. 34. Or coaly Tine, Spenser describes it

Thence doth by Huntingdon and s by the Picts Wall. St. 36. Or an

Cambridge Alit, cient hallow'd Dee; fo Spenser St.

My mother Cambridge, whom

as with a crown 39.

He doth adorn, and is adorn'd And following Dee, which Bri- of it tons long ygone

With many a gentle Muse, and Did call divine, that doth by

many a learned wit. Chester tend.


Or sullen Mole that runneth underneath,

95 Or Severn swift, guilty of maiden's death, Or rocky Avon, or of sedgy Lee, Or coaly Tine, or ancient hallow'd Dee, ... Or Humber loud that keeps the Scythian's name, 5T Or Medway smooth, or royal towred Thamé. bis non (The rest was prose.]


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¿On the Morning of CHRIST's NativityXs2

IT & UA Compos’d 1629.


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bil plow oT HIS is the month, and this the happy-ntorni

Wherein the Son of Heav'n's eternal King, I Of. wedded Maid, and Virgin Mother born, il. bn Our great redemption from above did brings d For so the holy sages once did fing,

That he our deadly forfeit should release, :1:57 And with his Father work us a perpetual peace.

T T That

To the title of this Ode we posid 1629, fo that Milton wasi have added the date, which is pre- then 21 years old. He speaks of fixed in the edition of 1645, Come this poem in the conclusion of bisa

That glorious form; that light unfufferable,

And that far-beaming blaze of majesty,
Wherewith he wont at Heav’n’s high council-table 1o
To fit the midst of Trinal Unity,
He laid aside, and here with us to be,

Forsook the courts of everlasting day, And chose with us a darksome house of mortal clay.

III. Say heav'nly Muse, shall not thy facred vein : 15 Afford a present to the Infant God? Haft thou no verse, no hymn, or folemn strain, To welcome him to this his new abode, Now while the Heav'n by the sun's team untrod,

Hath took no print of the approaching light, And all the spangled host keep watch in squadrons bright?

See how from far upon the eastern road
The star-led wisards haste with odors fweet:

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fixth elegy to Charles Deodati: is not only great learning town and it was probably made as an in it, but likewise a fine vein of exercife at Cambridge; and there poetry. Vol. II.


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