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And post o'er land and ocean without rest;
* To Mr. LAWRENCE.
Lawrence, of virtuous father virtuous son,
Now that the fields are dank, and ways are mire, Where shall we sometimes meet, and by the fire
Heip waste a fullen day, what may be won
On smoother, till Favonius re-inspire
The lilly' and rose, that neither sow'd nor spun. What neat repast shall feast us, light and choice,
Of Attic taste, with wine, whence we may rise 10
To hear the lute well touch'd, or artful voice Warble immortal notes and Tuscan air ?
6. Favonius] The same as Ze- Nam fimul ac fpecies patefacta phyrus, or the western wind that eft verna dici, blows in the spring. Plin. Lib. 16. Et reserata viget genitabilis aura Se&. 39. Hic eft genitalis fpiritus Favoni. mundi, a fovendo dictus, ut quidam existimavere. Flat ab occafu 8. that neither fow'd nor spun.] zquinoctiali, ver inchoans. And so Alluding to Mat. VI. 26, 28. they Lucretias I. 10.
for not, ncither do they ffin.
He who of those delights can judge, and spare To interpose them oft, is not unwise.
XXI. + To CYRIAC SKINNER, Cyriac, whose grandfire on the royal bench
Of British Themis, with no mean applause Pronounc'd and in his volumes taught our laws,
Which others at their bar so often wrench; To day deep thoughts resolve with me to drench
In mirth, that after no repenting draws;
+ Cyriac Skinner was the son of 8. And what the Swede intenė,] William Skinner Esq; and grand. We have printed it as it is in the Son of Sir Vincent Skinner, and Manuscript. In the first edition i his mother was Bridget, one of the was And what the Swede interd, daughters of the famous Sir Ed- which in others is alter'd to And ward Coke Lord Chief Justice of what the Swedes intend. Charles the King's Bench. Mr. Wood in- Guftavus, king of Sweden, was at forms us that he was one of Har- this time waging war with Poland, rington's political club, and some- and the French with the Spaniards times held the chair; and farther in the Netherlands : and what Miladds, that he was a merchant's son ton says is somewhat in the spirit of London, an ingenious young and manner of Horace. Od. II. gentleman, and scholar to John XI. 1. Milton. Athen. Ox. Vol. 2. p. 591. No wonder then that Milton was Quid bellicosus Cantaber, et so intimate with him, and has ad
Scythes dress'd two sonnets to him, this first Hirpine Quinti, cogitet, Hadria of which was printed in the edi. Divisus objecto, remittas tion of 1673
Quærere : &c.
To measure life learn thou betimes, and know 9
Toward solid good what leads the nearest way;
For other things mild Heav'n a time ordains, And disapproves that care, though wise in show,
That with superfluous burden loads the day, And when God sends a chearful hour, refrains.
* To the fame. Cyriac, this three years day these eyes, though clear,
To outward view, of blemish or of spot,
* The two fonnets to Cyriac man. In the printed editions this Skinner we have printed in the sonnet likewise is very incorrect, fame order as they are number'd but we shall restore it by the allirin the Manuscript. This latter tance of the Manuscript. was never printed in Milton's lifetime, but was first publish'd se- 3. Bereft of light tb ir seeing bave veral years after his death at the forgot,) In the printed copies same time and in the same manner it is absurdly, with the foregoing ones to General Fairfax, Cromwell, and Sir Henry
Bereft of fight their feeing have Vane: and tho' the person, to
forgot. whom it is address’d, was not so obnoxious as any of those before
4. Nor to their idle orbs doth fight mention'd, yet it might not have
appear been safe for Milton to have pub
Of sun, or moon, &c. ) In the lih'd such a commendation of his printed editions it is, Defense of the people, which the Nor to their idle orbs doth day government had order'd to be burnt appear, by chc hands of the common hang. Or iun, or moon, &c.
Of sun, or moon, or star throughout the year, 5 Or man, or woman.
Yet I argue not Against Heav'n's hand or will, nor bate a jot
Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer Right onward. What supports me, dost thou ask?
The conscience, Friend, to' have lost them overply'd
In liberty's defense, my noble talk, Of which all Europe talks from side to side. This thought might lead me through the world's
vain mask Content though blind, had I no better guide.
* On his deceased WIFE.
Methought I saw my late espoused saint
7. Against Heav'n's hand &c] It Whereof all Europe rings from fide was at first in the Manuscript God's
to fide. hard: and one jot in the printed This thought might lead me through copies is a jot in the Manuscript.
this world's vain malk 8. but still bear up and steer
Content though blind, had I n. Right onward. ) In the Manu.
other guide. fcript it was at first,
The Manuscript has the advantage but still attend to steer over the printed editions, unless Uphillward.
rings may be thought better than
talks from side to side. There is 12. Of which all Europe tolks fomething very pleasing, as well as
from side to side. &c] In the very noble, in this conscious virtue printed copies these lines are thus, and magnanimity of a great poet:
Brought to me like Alcestis from the grave, Whom Jove's great son to her glad husband gave, Rescued from death by force, though pale and
faint. Mine, as whom wash'd from spot of child-bed taint
5 Purification in the old Law did save, And such, as yet once more I trust to have
Full fight of her in Heav'n without restraint, Came vested all in white, pure as her mind :
Her face was veild, yet to my fancied fight
Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person Thin'd
But O as to embrace me the inclin’d,
and for the same reason no part of 2. like Alcestis from the grave, Mr. Pope's works affords greater &c] Alcestis was the wife of Adpleasure than what he says of him- metus king of Thessaly, who beself and his writings, especially in ing dangerously ill obtain'd by the his imitation of the firft Satire of means of Apollo, that he should Horace, and in his Satires intitled recover, if any body else would from the year 1738.
die in his stead. His wife volun
tarily offer'd herself, but Hercules This was his second wife, Ca- intervening rescued her from death, tharine the daughter of Captain and brought her back again to her Woodcock of Hackney, who lived husband. Our author borrows the with him not above a year after allusion from a play of Euripides their marriage, and died in child. called Alceflis. bed of a daughter.