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Eve separate, he wish'd, but not with hope
Of what so seldom chanc'd, when to his wish,
Beyond his hope, Eve separate he spies,
Veild in a cloud of fragance, where she stood, 425
Half spy'd, so thick the roses bushing round
About her glow'd, oft stooping to support
Each flow'r of slender stalk, whose head though gay
Carnation, purple', azure, or speck'd with gold,
Hung drooping unsustain'd; them she upstays 430
Gently with myrtle band, mindless the while
Herself, though fairest unsupported flower,
From her best prop fo far, and form so nigh.
Nearer he drew, and many a walk travérs'd
Of stateliest covert, cedar, pine, or palm, 435
Then voluble and bold, now hid, now seen
Among thick-woven arborets and flowers


Herself, though faireft unsupported 434. Nearer be drew, &c.] The

flower,] We have the same several wiles which are put in pracmanner of speaking in IV. 269. tice by the tempter, when he found where Proserpin gathering

Eve separated from her husband, the flowers,

many pleasing images of nature Herself a fairer flow'r by gloomy the itory, with its gradual and regu

which are intermix'd in this of

part Dis Was gather’d.

lar progrets to the fatal catailrophie,

are so very remarkable, that it would A thought that must have pleas'd be fuperfluous to point out their reour author, fince he has it a second spective beauties. Addison. time. VOL. II,


438. Im

Imborder'd on each bank, the hand of Eve:
Spot more delicious than those gardens feign'd
Or of reviv'd Adonis, or renown'd
Alcinous, host of old Laertes fon,
Or that, not mystic, where the fapient king
Held dalliance with his fair Egyptian fpoufe.

Much 435. Imborder'd on each bank,] dens of Adonis or Alcinous are feign'! Dr. Bentley believes that Milton gave to be. Of reviv'd Adonis; for after it Imbroider'd, proper to thick-woven. he was kill'd by the wild boar, it is But imborderd is the right word ac- said that at Venus's request he was cording to Bishop Kennet. who in restor'd to life. And we learn from his glossary to his Parochial Anti- St. Jerom, Cyril, and other writers, quities in the word Bordarii fays, that his anniversary feftival was Some derive it from the 'old Gallic opend with sorrow and mourning bords, the limits or extremes of any

for his death, and concluded with extent: as the borders of a county and singing and rejoicing for his revival

. the borderers or inhabitants in those It is very true, as Dr. Bentley says, parts. Whence the bordure of a gar. that Kutu Adwriso, the garders ment, and to imborder which we of Adonis, fo frequently mention's corrupt to imbroider. See also Fure. by Greek writers, Plato, Plutarch&r. tiere's French Di&tionary on the were nothing but portable earthen words Brodeur and Embordurer. pots with Tome sectice or fenel

Pearce. growing in them, and thrown away Imborder'd on each bank, the banks of Adonis: whence the gardens of

the next day after the yearly festival were border'd with the flowers, the Adonis grew to be a proverb of conband of Eve, the handiwork of Eve, tempt for any fruitless, fading, as we say of a pi&ure that it is perishable affair. But, as Dr. Pearce the hand of such or such a master

. replies, Why did the Grecians on And thus Virgil, Æn. I. 455.

Adonis's festival carry these small Artificumque manus inter fc operum- earthen gardens about in honor of

him was it not because they had a Miratur.

tradition, that when he was alive

he delighted in gardens, and had a 439. Spot more delicious &c.] He magnificent one? Pliny mentions is not speaking here of Paradise in the gardens of Adonis and Alcirans general, but of this particular spot, cogether as Milton does. There is the handiwork of Eve; and he lays notbing that the Ancients admir'd it was more delicious than the gar. more than the gardens of the Help

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Much he the place admir'd, the person moré.
As one who lòng in populous city pent, 445
Where houses thick and fewers annoy the air,
Forth issuing on à fummer's morn to breathe
Among the pleasant villages and farins
Adjoin’d, from each thing met conceives delight,

The rides, and thefe of the kings Adonis Waxing well of his deep wound and Alcinous. Antiquitas nihil prias In slumber soft : mirata eft quam Hesperidom hortos, And in his Defenfio Secunda he menac regum Adonidis & Alcinoi. Plin. tions both the gardens of Alcinous Nat. Hist. Lib. XIX, cap: 4; The and Adonis, and here calls them Italian poet Marino in his L'Adone, Cant. VI. describes the gardens of feiço d, which sufficiently diftinAdonis at large: and Huetius in his guishes these gardens of Adonis from

those little earthen pots

which Demonstr . Evangel. Prop. 4. cap. 3. really exhibited at his festival

. And fe&t. 3. fays of the Greeks, Regem the gardens of Alcinous he has alAdonidem hortorum curæ

impense fu- luded to before V. 341. Alcinous, iffe deditum narrantes. Our country, bolt to old Laertes fon, that is to man Spenser celebrates the gardens of Ulyffes whom he entertain’d in his Adonis in his Fairy Queen, Book ž. return from Troy, as Homer informs Cant. 6. the title of which is

us Odyssey book the 7th, where he The gardens of Adonis, fraught gives us a charming description of

With pleasures manifold; his gardens; which Mr. Pope fewhere he likewise gives an account works, and translated and publish'a

lected from other parts of Homer's of his death and revival. Shake in the Guardian before he attempted fpear too mentions the garden of

the reft. Or that, not myftic, not Adonis, i Part of Henry VI. A& I. fabulous as the reft, not allegorical The Dauphin speaks to Pucelle,

as fome have fancied, but a real Thy promises are like Adonis' garden, which Solomon made for garden,

his wife the daughter of Pharaoh That one day bloom'd, and fruit- king of Egypt. See Canticles. And ful were the next.

thus, as the most beautiful countries in the world, IV. 268.

285. And Miltoń himself in the Mask could not vy with Paradise, to nei speaks of

ther could the most delicious gar.

dens equal this floru’ry plat, the sweet Beds of hyacinth and roses,

reces of Eve. Where young Adonis oft reposes,

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Of pleasure not for him ordain'd: then loon

470 Fierce hate he recollects, and all, his thoughts Of mischief, gratulating, thus excites,

Thoughts, whither have ye led me! with whatsvyest Compulsion thus transported to forget Whạt hither brought us! hate, not love, nor hope Of Paradise for Hell, họpę here to taste Of pleasure, but all pleasure to destroy, Save what is in destroying; other joy To me is loft. Then let me not let pass Occasion which now smiles; behold alone The woman, opportune to all, attempts, Her husband, for I view, far, round, nọt nigh, Whose higher intellectual more I shun, And strength, of courage haughty, and of limb

Heroic God came to present themselves before. Eve had said before that they were

, the Lord, and Satan came also among , not capable of death or pain, ver

. 283, them to present himself before the that is as long as they continued in Lord. And Satan peaks to the nocent. fame purpose in Paradise Regain d, 490. Not terrible, thougb terror be 1. 366.

nor from the Heav'n of Heay'ns. And beauty, net approach.d by Hath he excluded iny resort some Atronger bate,] Satan had been times &c.

saying that he dreaded. Adam, fach crber joy

was his strength of body and minda To me is loft.] How exactly, does and his own so debas'd from what Milton make Satan keep up the cha. it was in Heaven: but Eve (he goes rafter he had affum'd in the fourth, on to say) is lovely, not terrible

, book, where he says

though terror be in love and beauty, Evil be thou my good &c! Thyer, unlels 'tis approach'd by a mind 486. — exempt from wound,] As arm'd with hate as his is; a hate

in love





Heroic built, though of terrestrial mold,
Foe not informidable, exempt from' wound,
I not; so much hath Hell debas’d, and pain
Infeebled me, to what I was in Heaven.
She fair, divinely fair, fit' love for Gods,
Not terrible, though terror be in love
And beauty, not approach'd by stronger hate,
Hate stronger, under show of love well feign'd,

which to her ruin now I tend.
So spake the enemy' of mankind, inclos’d
In ferpent, inmate bad, and toward Eve 495
Address'd his way, not with indented wave,
Prone on the ground, as since, but on his rear,
Circular base of rising folds, that tower'd
Fold above fold a surging máže, his head

Crested the' gteater, as 'tis" disguis'd under indenture, notched and going in and diffembled love. An excellent writer out like the teeth of a faw: and (Dr. Pearce) hath observed on this Shakespear applies it likewise to the päffage that “ A beautiful woman motions of a snake in A's you like it, " is approach'd with terror, unless A& IV. "he who approaches her has a And with indented glides did lip stronger hatred of her than her

away. beauty can beget love in him.” 499. Fold above fold &c.] We have

Richardson. the description of such a sort of ferSomething like this in Paradise Re. pent in Ovid. Met. III. 32. gain'd. II. 159.

cristis præfignis & auro; - virgin majelty with mild Igne miçant oculi And sweet allay'd; yet terrible t'ap. llle 'volubilibus squamofos nexibus proach. Thyer.

orbes 496. — not with indented wave,] Torquet, et immensos faltu finuatus' Indented is of the fame derivation as in arcus :

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