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Of length prodigious, joining to the wall
305 So, if great things to small may be compar'd,
points in the passage, and reading
the reft his look
Bound with Gorgonian rigor not the rest his look
to move ; Bound with Gorgonian rigor not
And with Asphaltic flime, broad as to move. And with Asphaltic Nime, broad Deep to the roots of Hell &c. as the gate,
The sense is then the very fame as Deep to the roots of Hell, the ga. in the
foregoing moft excellent rether'd beach
mark of Dr. Pearce's, and we venThey faften'd,
ture to print it accordingly. We The firft part of the passage, end- generally follow carefully Mlton's ing at move, I understand as re- own punctuation, but though he lating only to the hardening the was extremely accurate, yet he was soft and slimy substances : and all the not always infallible. A false pointreft seems to relate to the faft'ning ing may now and then escape the the foundation with Asphaltic slime most correct writer and printer in to the roots of Hell. I may be the world. mistaken in my conjecture; but this reading (methinks) bids fairer for
304. - from bence a palage broad, the true one, than either of the
Smooth, easy, inoffenfive down to other two.
Hell.) Alluding perhaps to
Pearce. It appears that by the rest we are
Virgil, Æn. VI. 126. to understand the slimy parts, as di- facilis descensus Averni: fiinguith'd from the solid or foil: Or to the paths of wickedness, and it would be very absurd to say, that his look bound the flimy parts
Heliod. Epp. I. 285. wirb Alpbaltic flime or as with Af- Την μεν τοι κακοτητα και ιλαδο» pbaltic slime. It is much easier to
εςιν ελεθαι fupposé with Mr. Richardson that Puïdows' vargo [^en] per one, the comma after move and the fe
feeda Moscoercito Jortin. micolon after fime have changed places, and that the paffage should 306. So Xerxes &c.] This fimile be read thus
is verv exact and beautiful.' As Sin Q3
Xerxes, the liberty of Greece to yoke,
and Death built a bridge over Chaos to be so confind, as Virgil says, to lubdue and inslave mankind : So Pontem indignatus Araxes, Æn. if great things to small may be com- VIII. 728. and Georg. II. 162, par'd, Si parva licet componere Atque indignatum magnis ftridorimagnis, as Virgil says, Gcorg. IV.
bus æquor. 176. Xerxes, the Persian monarch, to bring the free states of Greece Lucan has likewise made a fimile of under his yoke, came from Susa, Xerxes his bridge over the Hel. the chief city of Susiana a province lespont. Pharsal. II. 672. of Persia, the residence of the Per- Tales fama canit tumidum fuper fian Monarchs, called Memnonia by
æquora Xerxem Herodotus, of Memnon who built Construxisse vias, multum cum ponit and reigned there; and over Hel- tibus ausus, lespont bridging his way, and build- Europamque Afiæ, Seftonque ading a bridge over Hellespont, the movit Abydo, narrow sea by Conftantinople, that Inceslitque fretum rapidi fuper Hele divides Europe from Asia, to march lesponti. his large army over it, Europe with Ajia join'd, and feourg'd with many
by wondrous art a firoke th' indignant waves; allud. Pontifical,] By the frange art of ing particularly to Xerxes his mad- railing bridges. Pontifex, the high ness in ordering the sea to be whipt priest of the Romans, had chat for the lols of some of his ships ; name from pons a bridge and facers indignant waves, scorning and raging to make : 'Quia sublicius pons a
From out of Chaos, to the outside bare
Pontificibus factus eft primum, et rather is not here another instance reftitutus fæpe, according to Varro. of false pointing ? and fhould not
Hume. the comma after Satan be omitted, Art pontifical, this is a very bad ex- and be inserted after Chaos ? and is preltion to fignify the art of build- not this the construction of the ing bridges, and yet to suppose a whole passage? Now had they brought pun would be worse, as if the Ro- the work - over the vex'd abyss man priesthood were as ready to to the outside bare of this round world, make the way easy to Hell, as Sin following the track of Satan to the and Death did. Warburton. Jelf same place where he firft lighted 317. From out of Chaos, to the from his wing, and landed safe from
eutside bare] In Milton's own out of Chaos. We venture to print editions the verses are thus, it accordingly, not knowing weil Of Satan, to the self fame place how to make sense and grammar of where he
it otherwise. First lighted from his wing, and
on the left hand Hell] He landed safe
places Hell on the left hand acFrom out of Cháos to the outside cording to our Saviour's description bare &c.
of the day of judgment, Then mall
be say unto them on the left hand, Is not here a false print? and is it Matt. XXV.41: of rather accordnot properer to read landed safe on ing to Virgil, who makes Hell to the outfide bare of this round world lie on the left hand, às Elysium lay that landed safe to the outside? Or on the right; En. VI. 542.
Satan in likeness of an Angel bright
Might At læva malorum this round world, from whence he Exercet pænas, et ad impia tarta- had come down, ver. 317. Befides ra mittit.
the Doctor instead of rose reads rode:
but it was evening, when Messiah 323. Betwixt the Centaur and the came and pass’d the sentence on the Scorpion fluering
transgreffors, ver. 92. and after that His zenith, while the fun in Aries Sin and Death made the bridge; so
rose:] Alluding to a ship that the sun might be rifing in Aries, steering her course betwixt two when they met Satan feering bis ilands: So Satan directed his way Zenith. And this is confirm'd by between these two signs of the-zo- what follows here in ver. 341 &c. diac, upwards : the zenith is over
Richardson. Satan to avoid being discover'd (as Dr. Bentley puts a comma after he had been before, IV.569. &c.) fteering; but there should be none; by Uriel regent of the sun, takes for the sense is, steering to his zenith, care to keep at as great a distance or upwards, towards the outfide of as possible, and therefore while the
Might suddenly inflict; that past, return'd
Thy fun rose ir Aries, he steers his course the sentence should be continued : directly upwards betwixt the Cen. From their discourse Satan gather'd taur and The Scorpion, two conftel- bis own doom, which being underlations which lay in a quite different food not inftant, but of future time, part of the Heavens from Aries. be now return'd with joy to Hell, 344.
which underfood Not inftant, but of future time, 345
with joy with joy &c.] In Milton's And tidings fraught,] That is with own editions, and in all the rest joyful tidings. So Virgil, Munera which I have seen till Mr. Fenton's latitiamque Dei, Æn. I. 636. for and Dr. Bentley's it was falsely munera lata. Squamis auroque, Æn. printed thus,
VIII. 436. for aureis fquamis.
Richardson. which underftood Not inftant, but of future time.
348. Of this new wondrous pon
rifice,] The new bridge, the With joy &c.
effect of wondrous art fontifical, But the sense evidently shows that ver. 312.