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Stood visible, among these pines his voice
To whom thus Michael with regard benign.
vol. i. edit. 1738. And both them; he therefore changes his passages very much resemble expression and says, Or in mothe following in Pliny's. Pa- nument to ages, that is, to warn, negyric to Trajan. xv. Veniet teach, and instruct them that ergo tempus, quo posteri visere, God formerly appeared there to visendum tradere minoribus suis The Doctor not perceiving gestient, quis sudores tuos hau- this sense of the passage, would serit campus, quæ refectiones reail tuas arbores, quæ somnum saxa -from the brooks in memory, prætexerint, quod denique te- A monument to ages. etum magnus hospes impleve
Pearce. ris, &c.
332. Gladly behold though but 325. in memory
his utmost skirts Or monument to ages,]
Of glory,] Dr. Bentley asks what differ. He alludes to Exod. xxxiii. 22, ence there is between memorial 23. And it shall come to pass and monument, that or must se
while my glory passes by—thou parate them. I think that by shalt see my back parts, but my in memory Adam means for a memorial to himself, for marks follows he had Statius in me
face shall not be seen : as in what by which he might "remember
mory, Thebaid xii. 817. the places of God's appearance: but because his sons (who had
—and far off his steps adore. not seen God's appearing there) Sed longe sequere, et vestigia semper could not be said to remember
Adam, thou know'st heav'n his, and all the earth,
337. -and every kind that Warms in the sun, refreshes in the
breeze, lives,] The construction is, his
Glows in the stars, and blossoms in omnipresence fills every kind that
the trees, lives: which, if true, says Dr. Lives thro' all life, extends thro' all Bentley, was not the author's extent, intention. But how it can be Spreads undivided, operates proved that it was not the au
Breathes in our soul, informs our thor's intention, when his words
mortal part, so clearly express it, I am at a As full as perfect, in a hair, as heart, loss to apprehend: and if the As full, as perfect in vile man that Doctor could really question the mourns, truth of the assertion, it must be
As the rapt seraph that adores and
burns; said that the poet had nobler
To him, no high, no low, no great, and more worthy conceptions no small; of God's omnipresence than the He fills, he bounds, connects, and divine ; for in him we live, and move, and have our being, Acts Nay, an heathen poet has a rexvii. 28. Another poet has en- markable passage to this purlarged upon the same sentiment, pose, to which no doubt Milton with great sublimity of thought, alluded. Lucan, ix. 578. and as great force of language. Estne Dei sedes nisi terra, et pontus, Essay on Man, i. 259, &c.
et aer, Et cælum, et virtus ? Superos quid
quærimus ultra ? All are but parts of one stupendous
Jupiter est quodcunque vides, quowhole,
cunque moveris. Whose body nature is, and God the
344. -and had hither come] That, chang'd through all, and yet in So the first editions, and not
all the same, Great in the earth, as in th' ethereal thither, which is in most of the frame,
And reverence thee their great progenitor.
365 Thy mortal passage when it comes. Ascend
poems, is entertained with a This hill; ]
sight of all those who are to The angel afterwards leads Adam descend from him; but though to the highest mount of Para- that episode is justly admired dise, and lays before him a as one of the noblest designs in whole hemisphere, as a proper the whole Æneid, every one stage for those visions which must allow that this of Milton were to be represented on it. is of a much higher nature. I have before observed how the Adam's vision is not confined plan of Milton's poem is in to any particular tribe of manmany particulars greater than kind, but extends to the whole that of the Iliad or Æneid. species. Addison. Virgil's hero, in the last of these
This hill; let Eve (for I have drench'd her eyes)
To whom thus Adam gratefully replied.
367. -let Eve (for I have Quicquid erit, superanda omnis for. drench'd her eyes)
tuna ferendo est. Here sleep below,]
377. In the visions of God:) It may be asked, why Eve was A Scripture expression, Ezek. not permitted to see this vision, viii. 3. And the Spirit lifled me as she had no less occasion than up between the earth and the heaAdam thereby to learn true pa ven, and brought me in the visions tience : but Milton here only of God to Jerusalem. And again, continues the decorum Ezek. xl. 2. In the visions of God which he had before observed, brought he me into the land of when he made Eve retire upon Isruel, and set me upon a very Raphael's beginning his con- high mountain. And these may ference with Adam, Book viii
. very properly be called the riBesides, the tenderness of the sions of God, not only for disfemale mind could not be sup- covering things future, but likeposed able to bear the shocking wise for the extensiveness of the scenes which were going to be
prospect, such as no human eye represented. Thyer.
upon 367. Drenched with the dews highest mountain the eye can of sleep. Compare Comus, 996. command only a small part of -drenches with Elysian dew. the hemisphere by reason of
T. Warton. the roundness of the earth; but 374. -to overcome
here a whole hemisphere lay By suffering ]
stretched out to view at once Virg. Æn. v. 710.
like a plain.
Not high'er that hill nor wider looking round,
381. Not high'er that hill lemy, and thence to Agra and &c.] That hill was not higher, Lahor, two great cities in the whereon the devil set our Sa- empire of the great Mogul, down viour (the second man, 1 Cor. xv. to the golden Chersonese, that is, 47. the last Adum, ver. 45.) to Malacca, the most southern proshow him all the kingdoms of the montory of the East-Indies, so world, and the glory of them, called on account of its riches, Matth. iv. 8. The prospects to distinguish it from the other are well compared together, and Chersoneses or peninsulas, or the first thought of the one where the Persian in Ecbatan might probably be taken from sut, Ecbatana, formerly the cathe other; and as the one makes pital city of Persia, or since in part of the subject of Paradise Hispahan, the capital city at Lost, so doth the other of Para
present, or where the Russian dise Regained.
Ksar, the Czar of Muscovy, in 387. —from the destin'd walls Moscow, the metropolis of all Of Cambalu, &c.]
Russia, or the Sultan in Bizance, He first takes a view of Asia, the Grand Signior in Constanand there of the northern parts, tinople, formerly Byzantium, the destined walls, not yet in Turchestan-born, as the Turks being, but designed to be, (which came from Turchestan, a prois to be understood of all the vince of Tartary; he reckons rest,) of Cambalu, seat of Ca- these to Asia, as they are adthaian Cun, the principal city of joining, and great part of their Cathay, a province of Tartary, territories lie in Asia. He passes the ancient seat of the Chams, now into Africa; nor could his and Samarchand by Oxus, the eye not ken th' empire of Negus, chief city of Zagathaian Tartary, the Upper Ethiopia, or the land near the river Oxis, Temir's of the Abyssinians, subject to throne, the birth-place and royal one sovereign, styled in their residence of Tamerlane; and own language Negus or king, from the northern he passes to and by the Europeans Prestor the eastern and southern parts John, to his utmost port Ercoco, of Asia, to Paquin or Pekin of or Erquico on the Red Sea, the Sinaan kings, the royal city of north-east boundary of the AbysChina, the country of the an- sinian empire, and the less macient Sinæ mentioned by Pto- ritime kings, the lesser kingdoms