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Yet be it less or more, or soon or flow,
It shall be still in strictest measure even

To that same lot, however mean or high,
Toward' which Time leads me, and the will of

Heaven ;
All is, if I have grace to use it so,
As ever in my great Talk-Master's eye.


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casion is, of this my tardy mov. “ unprofitable fin of curiofity "ing, according to the precept of “ should be able to withhold me,

my conscience, which I firmly “'whereby a man cuts himself off : “ truft is not without God. Yet" from all action, and becomes the " now I will not strain for any set“ most helpless, pufillanimous, and * apology, but only refer myself " unweapon'd creature in the

to what my mind shall have at “ world, the most unfit and unablo " any time to declare herself at her " to do that which all mortals moft " beft eafe. But if you think, as


aspire to, either to be useful to you faid, that too much love of his friends, or to offend his enelearning is in fault, and that I " mies. Or if it be to be thought have given up myself to dream“ a natural proneness, there is a.

away my years in the arms of " gainst that a much more potent " Audious retirement, like Endy. “ inclination inbred, which about "mion with the moon as the tale “ this time of life folicits most, the " of Latmus goes; yet consider“ defire of house and family of his " that if it were no more but the “ own, to which nothing is esteem. "mere love of learning, whether" ed more helpful than the early " it proceed from a principle bad, " entring into credible employ

good, or natural, it could not ment, and nothing more hinder“ have held out thus long against ing than this affected solitariness, " fo ftrong opposition on the other" And though this were enough, fide of every kind; for if it be "

yet there is to this another act, if " bad, why should not all the fond

pure, yet of refin'd na. hopes that forward youth and ture, no less available to dissuade

vanity are fledge with, together“ prolonged obscurity, a defire of " with gain, pride, and ambition, “honor and repute and immortal

call me forward more power- “ fame seated in the breast of every fully, than a poor regardless and“ true fcholar, which all make

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* When the assault was intended to the City,

Captain or Colonel, or Knight in arms,

Whose chance on these defenseless doors may seise,
If deed of honor did thee ever please,
Guard them, and him within protect from harms.


a haste to by the readiest ways of “ how beft to undergo; not taking "publishing and divulging con- “ thought of being late, so it give “ ceived merits, as well those that “ advantage to be more fit; for « Ahall, as those that never shall « those that were lateft loft no. « obtain it. Nature therefore " thing, when the master of the « would presently work the more “ vineyard came to give each one “.prevalent way, if there were “ his hire. And here I am come to “ nothing but this inferior bent of “ a stream-head copious enough to * herself to restrain her. Lastly“ disburden itself like Nilus at se *** the love of learning, as it is the * ven mouths into an ocean ; but « pursuit of something good, it “ then I should also run into a re4. would sooner follow the more ciprocal contradi&ion of ebbing & excellent and supreme good“ and flowing at once, and do that “ known and presented, and so be " which I excuse myself for aot do" quickly diverted from the empty " ing, preach and not preach. Yet * and fantastic chase of thadows“ that you may see that I am fome “ and notions to the solid good thing fuspicious of myself, and

flowing from due and timely “ do take notice of a certain be*** obedience to that command in “ latedness in me, I am the bolder " the Gospel set out by the terrible " to send you some of my night* seising of him that hid the talent. “ ward thoughts fome while fince,

* It is more probable therefore " because they come in not altoge**that not the endless delight of “ther unfitly, made up in a pe**i fpeculation, but this very confi- « trarchian itanza, which I told ** deration of that great command- " « ment, does not press forward, as ** Toon as many do, to undergo,

" How soon hath Time &c. “ but keeps off with a facred reve- “ By this I believe you may well “ rence and religious advisement “ repent of having made mention

you of.

de can requite thee, for he knows the charms

5 That call fame on such gentle acts as these, And he can spread thy name o'er lands and seas, Whatever clime the sun's bright circle warms. Lift not thy spear against the Muses bow'r:

Emathian conqueror bid spare The house of Pindarus, when temple' and tow'r


The great


at all of this matter, for if I have tended to the City. The date was " not all this while won you to also added 1642, but blotted out * this, I have certainly wearied again : and it was in November " you of it.

This therefore alone 1642 that the King marched with " may be a sufficient reason for me his army as near as Brentford, and " to keep me as I am. left having put the city in great confternation. “ thus tired you singly, I should Milton was then in his 34th year. “ deal worse with a whole congre5.gation, and spoil all the patience 3. If deed of bonor did thee ever “ of a parish : for I myself do not please,] So this verse is printed

only see my own tediousness, but in the second edition in the year "now grow offended with it, that 1673: In the first edition of 1645, " has hinder'd me thus long from and in the Manuscript it stands A coming to the last and best pe- thus, ^ riod of my letter, and that which

If ever deed of honor did theo “ mut now chiefly work my par* don, that I am


10. The great Emathian conqueror Your true and unfeigned friend.” &c] When Alexander the great

took Thebes, and entirely ras'd the * To this fonnet we have pre- reft of the city, he order'd the fixed the title, which the author house of Pindar to be preserv'd out himself has in the Manuscript. In of regard to his memory: and the the Manuscript this fonnet was ruins of Pindar's house were to be written by another hand, and had seen at Thebes, in Pausanias's this title On his door when the City time, who lived under Antoninus expected an aljault: but this he the philosopher. See Paulan. Bæot. scratched out, and wrote with his cap. 25. Edit. Kuhnii. own hand When the al ault was inVol. II.


12, And

Went to the ground: And the repeated air

Of fad Electra's poet had the pow'r
To save th’ Athenian walls from ruin bare.

To a virtuous young Lady.
Lady that in the prime of earliest youth

Wisely haft fhunn’d the broad way
And with those few art eminently seen,

That labor up the hill of heav’nly truth,
The better part with Mary and with Ruth

Chosen thou hast; and they that overween,
And at thy growing virtues fret their spleen,

and the green,

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12. And the repeated air &c] Your absence the forsaken groves I fuppose this refers to a passage in And desert palace seem to mourn. Plutarch's Life of Lyfander. When that general had taken Athens, he This struck them, and gave them proposed to change the govern- occasion to reflect, how barbarous ment. Some fay he moved in it would appear to lay that city in council that the Athenians might ruin, which had been renown'd for be reduced to slavery, when at the the birth and education of so many Tame time Erianthus the Theban famous men. eta pelu Tol GWEGICS propofed wholly to deftroy the city, βιομύνης των ηγεμονων σας το and leave the country desolate : Gov, xa Tho ownews Board but a little afterwards at an en- €και της Ευριπιδα Ηλεκeας των tertainment of the captains, one trestov, ss v apXn, of them repeated some verses out of Euripides's Electra, beginning

Ayeuspevoro w xoog, sauber thus,


Ποτι σαν αγegτειρgν αυλαν Electra, Oh unhappy queen, Πανας επικλαδωal, και φαεααι Whither wou'd you fly? return; χετλιον εργοη,τω έτως κλέα και

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No anger find in thee, but pity' and ruth. Thy care is fix'd, and zealously attends

To fill thy odorous lamp with deeds of light,

And hope that reaps not shame. Therefore be sure Thou, when the bridegroom with his feastful friends

Passes to bliss at the mid hour of night,
Haft gain'd thy entrance, Virgin wife and pure.

* To the Lady Margaret Ley.
Daughter to that good Earl, once President

Of England's Council, and her Treasury, ,
Who liv'd in both, unstain'd with gold or fee,


7018785 ardegs pepeo ar avea ev xal that the same word should rime to Prepytonoba tlw coni. Vol. 1. itself though in different senses : p. 441. Edit. Paris. 1624. but our old poets were not so very

5. - with Mary and with Ruth] delicate, and the reader may see So it is in Milton's Manuscript, parallel instances in Spenfer's Faery and in the edition of 1673. In Queen, B. 1. Cant. 6. St. 39. and the first edition of 1645 it was B. 7. Cant. 6. St. 38. falfly printed

13. Pafjes to bliss at the mid hour with Mary and the Ruth. of night,] Instead of this line

he had written at first, 7. And at thy growing virtues) In

Opens the door of bliss that hour the Manuscript it was at first,

of night: And at thy blooming virtue or but he rightly alter'd it, the better profpering

to accommodate it to the parable 8. but pity and rutb.] Here to which he is alluding. See Mat. Ruth and ruth are made to rime to XXV. each other, and it may perhaps of. * We have given the title which fend the niceness of modern ears is in Milton's Manuscript, To the



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