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Beyond this deep; whatever draws me on, 245
245. — whatever draws me on, the fame manner in the best Claik Or sympathy, or some connatural authors. Hor. Sat. II. VIII. 22.
force] The modern philosopher may perhaps take offense at -quos Mæcenas adduxerat umbra, this now exploded notion, but every Epift. I. V. 28. friend to the Muses will, I doubt not, pardon it for the sake of that - locus est et pluribus umbris. fine Atrain of poetry, which it has given the poet an opportunity of But it has a farther propriety and introducing in the following descrip- beauty in this place, as Death fen" tion. Thyer.
a fisadow, II. 669. and was the it
feparable companion as well as of 249. - Thou my fade &c.] We spring of Sin. Shakespear in the sometimes find fade used much after same manner uses padow as the
Easing their paffage hence, for intercourse,
Whom thus the meager Shadow answer'd soon.
So saying, with delight he snuff’d the smell
Latins use umbra. 2 Hen. IV. A& II. 263. By this new felt attraction Poins to Prince Henry,
and infinet.] He uses inflinct
here I am your shadow, my Lord, I'll
as a substantive, and in other places as a participle, in the same
manner and in the same sense as for intercourse, the Latins use instinctus: but inOr transmigration, as their lot ftances of his using English words as
fall lead ] Intercourse, pas- Latin words are innumerable. fing frequently backward and for 266.
nor err ward; transmigration, quitting Hell The way,] Nor mistake the way. once for all to inhabit the new A remarkable expression. creation; they were uncertain 273.
As when a filock which their lot'should be.
Of ravencus fowl &c s Of Vul
Richardson. turs particularly it is said by Pliny, VOL. II.
Against the day of battel, to a field,
Solid that they will Ay three days before. diebus ante ea loca circumvolent
, in hand to places where there are fu- quibus cadavera futura sunt, inepte ture carcases. Triduo autem antea fanè ad odorandi facultatem refer. volare eos, ubi cadavera futura sunt. tur, cum eorum, quæ necdum lust, Lib. 10. cap. 6. And (what pro- cadaverum nullus odor esse po£t
. bably gave occasion to this fimili- Sensus enim præfentium eft. Quare tude in Milton) Lucan has described ad quandam augurandi vim, ł ks the ravenous birds that follow'd the loqui poffumus, id pertinere putas Roman camps, and sented the battel dum elt. Ridicule igitur Georgius of Pharsalia. VII. 831.
Pictorius, Jamque diu volucres civilia calra Hanc volucrem narrant laces tres secutæ
nofse cadaver Conveniunt
Venturum, olfactu tam viget nunquam se tanto vulture hæc volucris. cælum
Aldrov. Ornith. Lib. z. Induit, aut plures presserunt acra I shall not undertake absolutely to penna.
defend Milcon's introducing a fáby: And to this let me add, what Mr. lous story by way of fimile; yet I Thyer has quoted from Aldrovan. think in this place it may be par dus. Quod autem aliqui addunt, dond, fince no other illustration tam sagaciter odorari vultures, ut could have been found so pat to the biduo sriduove, imo feptenis, ut alii, present cale.
Solid or llimy, as in raging sea
up and down, together crouded drove From each side shoaling towards the mouth of Hell: As when two polar winds, blowing adverse Upon the Cronían sea, together drive
290 Vountains of ice, that stop th’imagin’d way Beyond Petfora eastward, to the rich Cathaian coast. The aggregated soil Death with his mace petrific, cold and dry; As with a trident smote, and fix'd as firm
295 As Delos floting once; the rest his look
Bound 280. His noftril wide into the different parts of Chaos, and drive materky air,]
ing all the matter they meet with
there in shoals towards the mouth Et patalis captavit naribus auras. Virg. Georg. I. 376. winds, north and fouth, blowing ad
of Hell, are compar'd to two polar Murky air, black tainted air. Spen. verse upon the Cronian sea, the norser has mirksome air. Fairy Queen, thern frozen fea, (A Thule unius B. 1. C. 5. St. 28.
diei navigatione mare concretum, Through- mirksome air her ready Plin. Nat. Hift. Lib. 4. cap 16.)
a. nonnullis Cronium appellatur. way she makes
and driving together mountains of And the Glossary to Spenser ex- ice, that flop th imagin'd way, the plains mirksome by obscure, filthy. I north-east paffage as it is callid, find Shakespear too uses the word which so many have attempted to murky. Lady Macbeth says in her discover, beyond Petfora safward, leep - Hell is murky, A&t. V. the most north-eastern province of
281. Sagacious ] Quick of sent. Muscový, to the rich Cathaian coaft, Sagire enim, sentire acute eft; ex Cathay or Catay, a country of Asia quo fagaces dicti canës. Cic. de and the northern part of China. Divinat. A fit comparison for the 296. As Delos floting once ; ] An chief Hell bound. Hume,
iland in the Archipelago said to have 289. As when two polar winds, flored about in the ica, till it be&c.) Sin and Death, flying into came the birthplace of Apollo.
Bound with Gorgonian rigor not to move;
as the gate,
Callimachus in his hymn called De- fimy substances, and fixing them los has given a most inchanting de- (like the soil) for the foundation of fcription of this matter. Richardson. his bridge. To Gorgonien rigor the
Doctor objects that the rigor or hard
. 296. the rest his look &c.] In ness was not in the Gorgon's lock, Milion's own editions the passage but in the object turn'd into fose was thus.
And so it may be underlood here the reft his look
a rigor such as was caus'd by the
Milton has the Bound with Gorgonian rigor not Gorgon's look.
authority of Claudian for expresing to move, And with Asphaltic flime; broad himself thus,
rigidâ cum Gorgone Perseus. Deep to the roots of Hell the ga
In Ruffin. I. 279 ther'd beach They fasten'd,
Again, the Doctor objects to del
with Apbaltic fime, because then A difficult passage, which Dr. Bent. the conftruction would be, his last ley perceiv'd and try'd to mend bound it with sime. I agree with thus,
him that this could not come from As Delos now, once floting: then Milton. But then I think the Dochis look
tor's change of And into As does Tbe fabric with Gorgonian pow'r for does it not lessen the thought to
not sufficiently mend the passage ; faft bound, As with Asphaltic slime. Broad as fay, that it was bound with Gerge . the gate, &c.
nian poru'r as with sime? even
phaltic flime had not that binding But he did not observe, that Milton power, which fable supposes the by the words the rest meant those Gorgon's look to have had.' Thus I fubitances, which were not folid or can see that neither the common foil, but were soft and slimy. ver. reading nor the Doctor's are free 286. And Death is here described from great exceptions. There as not binding fast the fabric (the only one way (I think) in which all foundation of that was yet but lay- these difficulties are to be got over, ing) but as hardening the soft and and that is by changing two of the