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And after short abode ily back with speed,

60 As if to fhow what creatures Heav’n doth breed, 200 Thereby to set the hearts of men on fire and To scorn the sordid world, and unto Heav'n aspire ?

X. V. But oh why didst thou not stay here below i To bless us with thy heav'n-lov'd innocence, 65 To lake his wrath whom sin hath made our foe, I.[ To turn swift-rushing black perdition hence, una Or drive away the slaughtering pestilence, To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart

?! 69 But thou canst best perform that office where thou art.


Pen2 Then thou the Mother of so sweet a Child I Her false imagin'd loss cease to lament, a cor And wisely learn to curb thy sorrows wild ; : Think what a present thou to God haft sent, in And render him with patience what he lent; 1.75

This if thou da, he will an ofspring givé, [live. That till the world's last end shall make thy name to


68. Or drive away the slaughter. great plague in London, which

ing peftilence, ] It should be gives a peculiar propriety to this moted that at this time there was a whole stanza..


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Find 's II. :) ? A Anno Ætatis 19. At a Vacation Exercise in the col.

lege, part Latin, part English. The Latin fpeeches ? vended, the English thus began.

I AIL native Language, that by sinews weak

Didit move my first endevoring tongue to speak, And mad ft imperfect words with childish trips, Half unpronounc'd, Nide through my infant-lips,

I Driving dumb filence from the portal door,

5 Where he had mutely fat two years before : 13 Here I salute thee, and thy pardon ask, 552T That now I use thee in my latter talk' vara. Small loss it is that thence can come unto thee, I know my tongue but little grace can do thee: 10 Thou need'st not be ambitious to be first, Believe me I have thither packt the worst :P PHA And, if it happen as I did forecast,

ins The daintiest dishes shall be serv'd up laft. I pray thee then deny me not thy aid

15 i For this same small neglect that I have made :


These verses were made in 1627, in the edition of 1645, but that being the 19th year of the first added in the edition of 1673author's age; and they were not **"


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But haste thee strait to do me once a pleafure,
And from thy wardrobe bring thy chiefest treasure,
Not those new fangled toys, and trimming flight
Which takes our late fantastics with delight;
But cull those richest robes, and gay'st attire!1!!
Which deepest spirits, and choiceft wits desire':
I have some naked thoughts that rove about, c.ti!
And loudly knock to have their passage out;''T
And weary of their place do only stay 1 binas
Till thou hast deck'd them in thy best array ;
That so they may without suspect or fears
Fly swiftly to this fair assembly's ears ;
Yet I had rather, if I were to chuse,

iT Thy service in some graver subject use, 30 Such as may make thee search thy coffers round, Before thou clothe my fancy in fit found:


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29. Yet 1 bad rather, if I were 36. - the thunderöis throne ] to chuse,

Should it not be the thunderer's? Tby ferrvice in fome graver subject

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 passages. of writing an epic poem ; and it is 37. - anfhorn 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. ANEPOEXONO 00169. comstances to the prophetic wish he Hor. Od. I. XXI. 2. now formid. Tbyer.


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Such where the deep transported mind may foari :)
Above the wheeling poles, and at Heav’n’s door
Look in, and fee each blissful Deity
How he before the thunderous throne doth lie,
Lift’ning to what unfhorn Apollo fings

To th’touch of golden wires, while Hebe brings
Immortal nectar to her kingly fires,
Then pafsing through the spheres of watchful fire,
And misty regions of wide air next under, 40
And hills of fnow 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 fing of secret things that came to pass i ! 45
When beldam Nature in her cradle was ;-;
And last of kings and queens and heroes old,
Such as the wise Demodocus once told


Intenfum pueri dicite Cynthium. The fields he passed then, whence

hail and snow, 4i. And misty regions of wide air

Thunder and rain fall down from next under,

clouds above. Fairfax. And bills of froza and lots of piled

thunder,] So Tallo describes the defcent 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 lieci, e fiam. entertains Ulysses, and the celemeggianti

brated musician and poet Demo: D'eterno dì là, donde tuona, docus longs the loves of Mars and piove : Venus, and the destruction of Troys



In Solemn songs at king Alcinous feast,
While sad Ulysses foul and all the rest
Are held with his melodious harmony
In willing chains and sweet captivity. . !

1 But fie, my wand'ring Mufe, how thou dost stray! Expectance calls thee now another way, visini Thou know'st it must be now thy only bent tii 5 To keep in compass of thy predicament:

UT Then quick about thy purpos’d business come, iuuÝ That to the next I may resign my room: ; '


is Ses 70 Then Ens is represented as father of the Predicaments

his ten fons, whereof the eldest stood for Substance with his canons, which Ens, thus speaking, explains,

OOD luck befriend'thee, Son; for at thy birth I

The faery ladies danc'd upon the hearth; 168 Thy dróufy nurse hath sworn The did them fpie 11 Come tripping to the room where thou didft lie, And sweetly singing round about thy bed

1 Strow all their blessings on thy sleeping head.


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and Ulysses and the rest are affected the Greeks called a category, Boë. in the manner here defcribd. thias first named a predicament and 56. -of thy predicament :] What if the reader is acquainted with Ari


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