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The next Quantity and Quality spake in profe, then Relation was call'd by his name.

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IVERS arife; whether thou be the fon

Of utmost Tweed, or Oofe, or gulphy Dun, Or Trent, who like fome earth-born giant fpreads His thirty arms along th' indented meads,

Surry. Or Severn fwift &c. We fhall have a fuller account of this in the Mafk. Or rocky Arson, Spenfer more largely St. 31.

But Avon marched in more ftately path,

Proud of his adamants, with

which he fhines And glifters wide, as als of wondrous Bath

And Briftow fair, which on his waves he builded hath.

Or Fedgy Lee, this river divides Middlefex and Effex. Spenfer thus defcribes it, St. 29.

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And the Medway and the Thame are join'd together, as they are married in Spenfer. I wonder that Milton has paid no particular compliment to the river flowing by Cambridge (this exercise being

The wanton Lee that oft doth made and spoken there) as Spenfer has done St. 34.

lofe his way.

Or coaly Tine, Spenfer defcribes it by the Picts Wall. St. 36. Or ancient hallow'd Dec; fo Spenfer St.

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And following Dee, which Bri-
tons long ygone
Did call divine, that doth by
Chester tend.

Thence doth by Huntingdon and
Cambridge flit,

My mother Cambridge, whom
as with a crown

He doth adorn, and is adorn'd
of it
With many a gentle Muse, and
many a learned wit.

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Or fullen Mole that runneth underneath,

Or Severn swift, guilty of maiden's death,
Or rocky Avon, or of fedgy Lee,

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Or coaly Tine, or ancient hallow'd Dee,
Or Humber loud that keeps the Scythian's name, ~T
Or Medway smooth, or royal towred Thame, bi

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HIS is the month, and this the happy morn

Wherein the Son of Heav'n's eternal King, I Of. wedded Maid, and Virgin Mother born, il bra Our great redemption from above did bringsd For fo the holy fages once did fing,

That he our deadly forfeit fhould release, And with his Father work us a perpetual peace.

To the title of this Ode we have added the date, which is prefixed in the edition of 1645, Com

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That glorious form, that light unfufferable,
And that far-beaming blaze of majesty,

Wherewith he wont at Heav'n's high council-table 10
To fit the midst of Trinal Unity,

He laid afide; and here with us to be,
Forfook the courts of everlasting day,

And chose with us a darksome house of mortal clay.

III.

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Say heav'nly Mufe, fhall not thy facred vein
Afford a present to the Infant God?
Haft thou no verfe, no hymn, or folemn strain,
To welcome him to this his new abode,
Now while the Heav'n by the fun's team untrod,
Hath took no print of the approaching light,
And all the fpangled hoft keep watch in fquadrons
bright?

IV:

See how from far upon the eastern road

The ftar-led wifards hafte with odors fweet:

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fixth elegy to Charles Deodati: is not only great learning fhown and it was probably made as an exercife at Cambridge; and there VOL. II.

in it, but likewise a fine vein of poetry.

28. From

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O run, prevent them with thy humble ode,
And lay it lowly at his bleffed feet;
Have thou the honor first, thy Lord to greet,

And join thy voice unto the Angel quire,
From out his fecret altar touch'd with hallow'd fire.

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The HYMN.

I.

Twas the winter wild,

While the Heav'n-born child

All meanly wrapt in the rude manger lies; Nature in awe to him

Had dofft her gawdy trim,

→ With her great Mafter fo to fympathize:

It was no feafon then for her

To wanton with the fun her lufty paramour.

Only with speeches fair
She woo's the gentle air

II.

28. From out his fecret altar touch'd with hallow'd fire. ] Alluding to Ifaiah VI. 6, 7. Then flew one of the Seraphims unto me, having a live *cal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar. And he laid it upon my mouth, and faid, Lo, this bath touched thy lips,

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and thine iniquity is taken away, and
thy fin purged. In his Reason of
Church Government our author
has another beautiful allufion to
the fame paffage, which we quoted
in a note upon the Paradife Loft
I. 17.
that eternal Spirit
"who can enrich with all utter-

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To hide her guilty front with innocent fnow, And on her naked shame,

Pollute with finful blame,

The faintly veil of maiden white to throw, Confounded, that her Maker's eyes

Should look fo near upon her foul deformities.

But he her fears to cease,

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Sent down the meek-ey'd Peace;'

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She crown'd' with olive green, came foftly fliding Down through the turning fphere

His ready harbinger,

With turtle wing the amorous clouds dividing, 50 And waving wide her myrtle wand,

She ftrikes an univerfal peace through fea and land. IV.

No war, or battel's found

Was heard the world around:

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