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Not in his shape celestial, but as man
actors whom he introduces, has Sarrano indormiat ostro. employed Michael in the expul
Hume. sion of our first parents from 244. — Iris had dipl the woof ;] Paradise. The archangel on this occasion neither appears in had said before, that it was
A most poetical expression. He his proper shape, nor in that
livelier than the' Melibaan familiar manner with which Ra
grain, or than that of Sarra; phael the sociable spirit enter- it excelled the most precious tained the father of mankind before the fall. His person, his Tris herself had given the colour,
purple : but now he says that post, and behaviour are suitable the most beautiful colours being, to a spirit of the highest rank, in the rainbow; nay Iris had and exquisitely described in the dipt the very woof
. He had befollowing passage. Addison.
fore made use of a like expres242. Livelier than Melibean,] sion in the Mask. The attendOf a livelier colour and richer
ant spirit says, dye than any made at Melibæa, a city of Thessaly, famous for a
-But I must first put off fish called ostrum, there caught
These my sky robes spun out of Iris'
2000f and used in dying the noblest purple.
248. -and in his hand the
spear.) The construction of this, -Quam plurima circum
and the former part of the pePurpura Mæandro duplici Melibæ a cucurrit. Virg. Æn. v. 251. riod, is indeed thus: By his side
hung the sword, and the spear in Or the grain of Sarra, or the dye his hand. It is common with of Tyre, named Sarru of Sar, the ancients for the verb not to the Phænician name of a fish be applicable to all the members there taken, whose blood made of the period. So here hung the purple colour. Georg. ii. may be restrained to the sword 506.
only. There is another like in
Adam bow'd low; he kingly from his state
Adam, Heav'n's high behest no preface needs :
stance, iv. 509. pines agrees to mission to a dream, the dream desire only. Markland on Sta- delivers it exactly in the same tius's Sylv. i. i. 79. gives several words to Agamemnon, and Againstances of this in the ancients.
memnon repeats it a third time Richardson.
to the council, though it be a 261. And send thee from the tautology of five or six verses
garden forth to till together. But in the passage The ground whence thou wast before us, here is all the beauty tuken, filter soil.]
and simplicity of Homer, withIt is after the manner of Homer, out any of his faults. Here are that the angel is here made to only two lines repeated out of deliver the order he had received one speech, and a third out of in the very words he had re- another; ver. 48. and here again ceived it. Homer's exactness ver. 259. is so great in this kind, that
But longer in this Paradise to dwell. sometimes I know not whether it is not rather a fault. He ob- And it is a decree pronounced serves this method not only when solemnly by the Almighty, and orders are given by a superior certainly it would not have bepower, but also when messages come the angel, who was sent are sent between equals. Nay to put it in execution, to deliver in the heat and hurry of a battle it in any other words than those a man delivers a message word of the Almighty. And let me for word as he received it: and add, that it was the more proper sometimes a thing is repeated so and necessary to repeat the often that it becomes almost words in this place, as the catedious. Jupiter delivers a com- tastrophe of the poem depends
The ground whence thou wast taken, fitter soil.
He added not, for Adam at the news
O unexpected stroke, worse than of Death !
so much upon them, and by great exactness through the them the fate of Man is deter- whole poem. Thyer. mined, and Paradise is lost.
268. O unexpected stroke, &c.) 263. He added not, for Adam Eve's complaint upon hearing at the news &c.] How natu- that she was to be removed from rally and justly does Milton here the garden of Paradise, is wondescribe the different effects of derfully beautiful: the sentigrief upon our first parents! ments are not only proper to Mr. Addison has already re- the subject, but have something marked upon the beauty and in them particularly soft and propriety of Eve's complaint, womanish. Addison. but I think there is an addi- 270. —native soil,] Natale sotional beauty to be observed lum, as the Latins say, when one considers the fine con
Nescio qua natale solum dulcedine trast which there is betwixt that tangit and Adam's sorrow, which was
Humanos animos. silent and thoughtful, as Eve's Paradise was the native place of was loud and hasty, both con- Eve, but Adam was formed out sistent with the different cha- of the dust of the ground, and racters of the sexes, which Mil- afterwards brought into ton has indeed kept up with Paradise.
Your tribes, and water from th' ambrosial fount?
285 Whom thus the Angel interrupted mild. Lament not, Eve, but patiently resign What justly thou hast lost ; nor set thy heart, Thus over-fond, on that which is not thine; Thy going is not lonely; with thee goes
290 Thy husband; him to follow thou art bound; Where he abides, think there thy native soil.
Adam by this from the cold sudden damp Recovering, and his scatter'd spi'rits return’d, To Michael thus his humble words address'd.
295 Celestial, whether among the Thrones, or nam’d Of them the high’est, for such of shape may seem
296. Celestial, whether &c.] the twenty-second book of the Adam's speech abounds with lliad, where the sentiments are thoughts, which are equally excellently adapted to the difmoving, but of a more mascu- ferent characters of the father line and elevated turn. Nothing and mother.
And this, says can be conceived more sublime Mr. Pope, puts me in mind of and poetical than the following a judicious stroke in Milton, passage in it,
with regard to the several cha
racters of Adam and Eve. When This most afflicts me, that departing the angel is driving them both hence &c.
out of Paradise, Adam grieves
that he must leave a place where There is the same propriety in he had conversed with God and these speeches of Adam and his angels; but Eve laments Eve, as the critics have ob- that she shall never more beserved in the speeches of Priam hold the fine flowers of Eden : and Hecuba to dissuade Hector here Adam mourns like a man, from fighting with Achilles, in and Eve like a woman.
Prince above princes, gently hast thou told
320. On this mount he appeard, stood, this was his stature, and &c.] This has been observed “ thus he went habited, and 0 to be very like what our author “happy this house that harboured has written in another place, “ him, and that cold stone whereon due allowance being made for “he resteil, this village whereis the difference of person and “ he wrought such a miracle, and subject. “ With less fervency “ that pavement bedewed with the
was studied what St. Paul or warm effusion of his last blood, “ St. John had written, than “ that sprouted up into eternal
was listened to one that could roses to crown his martyrdom." say, here he taught, here he Of Prelatical Episcopacy, p. 34.