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Us timely' of what might else have been our loss,
90 Mov'd the Creator in his holy rest Through all eternity so late to build
79. -the end
earth, but flowing into and spun Of what we are.)
out between all bodies; and is a The will of God is the end to fuller and finer notation of its which all we are; thou hast liquid and spiritual texture, leavcreated all things, and for thy ing no vacuum in nature, than pleasure they are and were created, that of Ovid, Rev. iv. 11. 88. -und this which yields or
Nec circumfuso pendebat in aëre
tellus. Met, i. 12. fills
Hume. All space, the ambient air wide interfus'd]
92. -so late to build] It is Yields space to all bodies, and a question that has been often
up the deserted space asked, Why God did not create so as to be subservient to mo- the world sooner? but the same tion. Richardson.
question might be asked, if the Ambient interfus'd denotes the world had been created at any air not only surrounding the time, for still there were infinite
In Chaos, and the work begun, how soon
ages before that time. And that Thy tale with raptures I could hear can never be a just exception
Thy woes on earth, the wondrous against this time, which holds
scenes in hell, equally against all time. It
Till in the vault of heav'n the stars must be resolved into the good decay, will and pleasure of Almighty
And the sky reddens with the rising day.
Broome. God; but there is a farther reason according to Milton's hypothesis, which is that God, after Mr. Thyer is of opinion, that the expelling of Satan and his there is not a greater instance angels out of heaven, declared of our author's exquisite skill in his pleasure to supply their place the art of poetry, than this and by creating another world, and the following lines. There is other creatures to dwell therein. nothing more, really to be ex
94. Absolv’d] Finished, com- pressed, than Adam's telling pleted, perfected, from Absolutus, Raphael his desire to hear the (Latin.) Richardson.
continuance of his relation, and 98. And the great light of day yet the poet by a series of strong yet wants to run &c.] Our au- and noble figures has worked it thor has improved upon Homer, up into half a score of as fine Odyss. xi. 372. where Alcinous lines as any in the whole poem. by the same sort of arguments Lord Shaftesbury has observed, endeavours to persuade Ulysses that Milton's beauties generally to continue his narration; only depend upon solid thought, there it was night, and here the strong reasoning, noble passion, scene is by day.
and a continued thread of moral
doctrine; but in this place he Νυξ δ' ήδι μαλα μακρη, αθισφατος: εδε has shewn what an exalted fancy To wgn
and mere force of poetry can Εύδειν εν μεγαρα: συ δε μοι λεγε θεσ: do.
-suspense in heaven, Ken RI s no διαν ағасходну
Held by thy voice, thy potent
voice, he hears,] And lo! a length of night behind We have here altered the punc
remains, The evening stars still mount th'
tuation of the first editions, ethereal plains,
which was thus,
Held by thy voice, thy potent voice, he hears,
Thus Adam his illustrious guest besought:
suspense in heaven
bring the moon down from heaHeld by thy voice, thy potent voice
ven, he hears,
Carmina vel cælo possunt deducere for after it is said he is held sus
lunam: ver. 69. pense in heaven by thy voice, to and well therefore may Milton say he hears thy voice is poor suppose the sun to delay, susand low indeed. He must hear pended in heaven, to hear the it before he can be held by it. angel tell his generation, and espeWe have therefore followed the cially since we read that the sun punctuation of Dr. Pearce; and did stand still at the voice of the sense seems plain, as he has Joshua. pointed these verses, Held by 103. --unapparent deep :] thy potent voice, he hears suspense Where nothing was to be seen in heaven, that is, he stops and according to Gen.i. 2. Darkness hearkens, he stays and is atten
the face of the deep. tive. The poets often feign the Hume. rivers to stop their course, and 110. And thus the Godlike other inanimate parts of nature angel answer'd mild.] The angel's to hear the songs of Orpheus encouraging our first parents in and the like, Virg. Ecl. viii. 4. a modest pursuit after know
ledge, with the causes which he Et mutata suos requierunt flumina
assigns for the creation of the
world, are very just and beauNay charms and
Yet what thou canst attain, which best may serve 115
Know then, that after Lucifer from heaven (So call him, brighter once amidst the host Of angels, than that star the stars among)
Prudens futuri temporis exituus
Caliginosâ nocte premit Deus,
122. -th' invisible King, ] 121. —nor let thine own in- As God is styled in Scripture ventions hope] Milton seems here the invisible King, I Tim. i. 17. to allude to Eccles. vii. 20. they so this is the properest epithet have sought out many inventions; that could have been employed which commentators explain by here, when he is speaking of reasonings. Pearce.
things not revealed, suppressed in Thus they prorokeil him to night, to none communicable in their
in- earth or heuven, neither to men tentions, Psalm cvi. 29. The nor angels, as it is said of the two following lines are almost day of judgment, Matt. xxiv. a literal translation of these 36. Of that day and hour knowtwo in Horace, Od. iii. xxix. eth no man, no not the angels of 29.
heaven, but my Father only.
Fell with his flaming legions through the deep
At least our envious foe hath faild, who thought
135. Into his place,] As the allur’d them, and with lies traitor Judas is said likewise Drew after him the third part of
heav'n's host, to go to his own place, Acts i. 25.
709. but that he ruin'd as 143. and into fraud well as cheated'them, i. 609. Drew many,]
Millions of spirits for his fault Fraud in common acceptation amerc'd means no more than deceit, but Of heav'n, and from eternal splenoften signifies misfortune. Mil
for his revolt. ton, who so constantly makes
Richardson. Latin or Greek of English, does it here, and extends the idea to 144.
-whom their place the misery, the punishment con- knows here no more ;] A Scripsequent upon the deceit, as well ture expression, Job vii. io. as the deceit itself. So that neither shall his place know him Satan is said here, not only to any more. Psal. ciii. 16. and the have drawn many into fraud, place thereof shall know it no not only that he