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And wand'ring vanity, when least was fafe,
To han ordinary commiseration, they or plac'd before: so we have in Vir. ikewise contain a very fine moral. gil's Georg. I. 270. segeti pretendere The resolution of dying to end our fepem ; and in Æn VI. 60 pretenniseries, does not show such a de- taque Syrtibus arva. So Pliny in his gree of magnanimity as a resolution Epitiles, Lib. 1. Ep. 16. says, nec o bear them, and submit to the defidiæ noftræ prætendamus alienam. dispensations of Providence. Our
Pearce. author has therefore, with great de- Pretended to, held before. So Milton icacy, represented Eve as entertain himself explains this phrase, p. 809. ang this thought, and Adam as dif- Tol. Edit.' but ecclefiaftical is 2pproving it. Addison.
ever pretended to political. Thus 872. — left that too heav'nly form, Quintil. Pref. to L. 1. Vultum et pretended
triftitiam et dissentientem a cæteris To bellish falli:cod, snare them.] habitum pessimis moribus prætendeDr. Bentley chooses rather obtended: bant, speaking of the false philosobut in English the word obtended is phers. Richardson. u least as unusual, as the sense here 883. And under flood not] The conof pretended is. Pretended to signifies struction is I was fool'd and beguil'd bere, as in the Latin tongue, held by thee, and understood not &c:
To my just number found. O why did God,
And 888. To myjust number found.] The Ω Ζευ, τι δη κιβδηλον ανθρωπους just number of ribs in a man is twenty; XL KOM, four, twelve on each side, though Turaidas, els qws na 18 zatwrisesi Sometimes there have been found
Ει γαρ βρoτειον ηθελες σπαραι those who have had thirteen as Galen
yer, says, and very rarely some who
Ou rex guralxar X8H8 Talageshave had but eleven, as Tho. Bar
jai tode. &c. tholinus, a famous physician, observed, in a lusiy strong man whom And Jason is made to talk in the he dissected in the year 1657, who fame itrain in the Medea, 573. had but eleven on one side, and a small appearance of a twelfth on χρην γαρ αλλοθεν ποθεν the other. Hillor. Anatom. & Medic.
Παιδας τεκνεθαι, θηλυ δ' εκ Centur. 5. c. 1. But some writers have been of opinion that Adam had
Ουτω δ' αν εκ ήν εδεν ανθρωπους thirteen ribs on the left side, and that out of the thirteenth rib God formed Eve; and it is to this opinion And such sentiments as these, we that Milton here alludes, and makes suppose, procurd Euripides the name Adam say, It was well if this rib of the Woman-hater. Ariosto howwas thrown out, as fupernumerary to
ever hath ventur'd upon the same bis just number.
in Rodomont's inve&tive against
women. Orlando Furioso, Cant. 27. 888. O why did God, &c.] St. 120. This thought was originally of Eu Perche fatto non ha l'alma Natara ripides, who makes Hippolytus in Che senza te potesse nascer l'huomo, like manner expostulate with Jupiter Come s'idefta per umana cura for not creating man without women. L'un fopra l'altro il pero, il forbo, See Hippol. 616.
And more that shall befall, ingymerable
By Why did not Nature rather so pro. Lysander says in the Midsummer vide
Night's Dream, A& I. Without your help, that man of The course of true love never did
man might come, And one be grafted on another's side, But either it was different in blood,
run smooth; As are the apples with the pear and Or else misgraffed in respect of years,
plome?" Harrington. St. 97. Or else it food upon the choice of Nor are fimilar examples wanting Or if there were a sympathy in
friends, among our English authors. Sir
choice, Thomas Brown in the second part of War, death, or fickness did lay his Religio Medici, Sect. 9. has some
fiege to it &c. thing very curious to this purpose, which no doubt Milton had read, 898.
- for either that work having been firft publish'd He never shall
find out fit mate, &c.] in the year 1642, about twenty. I have often thought, it was great five years before Paradise Lost. pity that Adam's speech had not Shakespear makes Posthumus cry out ended where these lines begin. The in resentment of Imogen's beha- sense is quite complete without them; viour, Cymbeline, A&. II. which we and they seem much fitter for a diare sure that our author bad read, gressional observation of the author's,
such as his panegyric on marriage 3 Is there no way for men to be, but &c, than to be put into the mouth women
of Adam, who could not very natuMust be half-workers ?
rally be supposed at that time to
foresee so very circumftantially the And the complaints which Adam inconveniences attending our Arait makes of the disasters of love may conjunction with this fex, as he exbe compared with what Shakespear's presses it.
916. - and
By parents; or his happiest choice too late
confound. He added not, and from her turn'd; but Eve Not so repuls’d, with tears that ceas'd not flowing, And tresses all disorder'd, at his feet
911 Fell humble, and embracing them, befought His peace,
and thus proceeded in her plaint. Forfake me not thus, Adam, witness Heaven What love sincere, and reverence in my
915 I bear thee, and unweeting have offended, Unhappily deceiv'd; thy suppliant I beg, and clasp thy knees; bereave me not,
Whereon 916. -- and unweeting have of. Cum versa fors est. Unicum lapsa
fended,] Spenser, Fairy mihi Queen, B. 1. Cant. 2. St. 45. Firmamen, unam spem gravi ad
A étæ malo As all unweeting of that well the
Te mihi reserva, dum licet; knew. Thyer.
Tibi nam relicta, quo vadam, aut 918.
- bereave me not, ævum exigam? Wbereon I live thy gentle looks, thy
aid, &c ] In this tragical part 925. - one enmity] There is someour author seems to have had his thing not improbable in Dr. Bentley's eye upon Grotius's tragedy, Adamus reading, Exul AE V.
both joining Caffam, oro, dulci luminis jubare tui
As join'd in injuries, in enmity: Ne me relinquas: nunc tuo auxilio
but perhaps the author put one in
Whereon I live, thy gentle looks, thy aid,
925 Against a foe by doom express assign'd us, That cruel Serpent: On me exercise not Thy hatred for this misery befall’n, On me already lost, me than thyself More miserable; both have finn'd, but thou
930 Against God only', I against God and thee, And to the place of judgment will return, There with my cries importune Heav'n, that all
The opposition to both; both joining one here again his eye upon Grotius, enmity.
Adamus Exul. Aa V. 926. Agains a foe by doom express Tu namque foli numini contrarius, afhgn'dus,] For it was part
Minus es nocivus; aft ego nocentior, of the sentence, pronounc'd upon
(Adeoque misera magis ) the Serpent, Gen. III. 15. I will Deumque læsi fcelere, teque, vir, put enmity between thee and the wo
fimul. man, and between thy feed and ber As Milton read all good authors, so feed.
he improv'd by all, the modern as 929. me than thyself well as the ancient: and as an Essay More miferable; both have finn'd, has been written upon his imitations but thou
of the Ancients, there might be anoAgainf God only, 1 against God ther upon his imitations of the Moand thee,] The author had derns.