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eyond all bounds, till inundation rise bove the highest hills: then shall this mount of Paradise by might of waves be mov'd ' ut of his place, push'd by the horned flood, Fith all his verdure spoil'd, and trees adrift, own the great'river to the opening gulf, nd there take root an iland falt and bare, he haunt of seals, and orcs, and sea-mews clang:

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TA ic tauriformis volvitur Aufidus. Those turn'd by Phoebus from their

Hor. Od. IV. XIV. 25. It gemina auratus taurino cornua Delug'd the rampire nine continual vultu

days; Iridanus. Virg. Georg. IV. 371. The weight of waters saps the yield

ing wall, erniger Hesperidum Auvius regna- And to the sea the Roting bulwarks cor aquarum. Æn. VIII. 77.

fall : orin tbe great river to the opening Inceffant cataracts the thund'rer 4, down the river Tigris or Eu

pours, rates to the Persian gulf: they And half the skies descend in fluicy ere both rivers of Eden, and Eu Thow'rs, EC. Pope. irates particularly is called in Scrip

835.- and orcs,] Orca eft genus re tbe great river, the river Ei

marinæ belluæ maximum. Feft. The rates, Gen. XV. 18. It is very word occurs frequently in Ariosto. robable that our author took the

Heylin. At thought of pushing Paradise by Le force of foods into the sea from 835 and fea-meus clang :) lomer, who describes the destruc- So also in VII.422. with clang de on of the Grecian wall by an in- spis’d the ground, adopting the clanndation very much in the same gor of the Latins, which is a word oetical manner, Iliad. XII. 24. that they almost constantly use to Των παντων ομοσε τοματ' ετράπε ο Ιarge locks of birds.

express the noise made by the flight Φοιβος Απολλων,

Tbyer. 836. TO

To zitat God attributes to place 834
Noica, acce be thither brought
By mea rocca taquent, or therein dwell.
Ad terke thall ensue, behold.

He looss, iw the ark hull on the flood, & Wachawdd; for the clouds were fled, Da by a sea sorth-wind, that blowing dry

Wrinkle : teisi Gui en Jan mare littus habet; plese o

pit alveus amnes;

is 20 Fiamim fabfidunt ; colles de cecerat sig in be dentur ; sa ieies Tsele 23e Sergi bamus; crescant la my Ke 3 ans ance, ad I crescentibus undis.

senzade so the meme cessed He loos’d the northern wind; ac

Abe Lesero Boreas flies egen der'à ces people Topef away the clouds, and pes ear's Tay categ, a

the skies : fizes up Soger. Serenely, while he blows, thes Am citi a tasod) Discover Heav's to earth, andet

pors drivin, As S3 mi sia a bez

to Heav'n.fes are aia 2017, and be gotes

A chin circumference of las

pears; Sai, ** meerd; for the And earth, but not at oncs, ir

vifage rears, D-strama urez,} The And peeps upon the feas fros Serce is oly: Giske

pe: grounds ; usta ir seserie terzi; it is The fireams, bat jatt coatesi moi prove it is was borib within their bounds,

seus rich a crag wird: By flow degrees into their clases but oor por faze5 Orië in this crawl; as well as ferensi ber paritalars, And earth increases as the was Met. I. ;3

Dryden. Nobilsce; Sise Agailoce remotis,

843. Wrinkled the face of belogs Et cælo terras oleods, si zthera

decay'e;) This allative cte terris. —

pariion of the farface of the se

fali.

Vrinkled the face of deluge, as decay'd ; ind the clear fun on his wide watry glass jaz'd hot, and of the fresh wave largely drew, 845 s after thirst, which made their flowing shrink rom standing lake to tripping ebb, that stole Vith soft foot tow’ards the deep, who now had stopt [is fluces, as the Heav'n his windows fhut.

The easing waters, wrinkled by the 846. — which made their frowing nd, to the wrinkles of a decaying

hrink] Their I suppose reI age is very far fetch'd and ex- fers to wave before mention'd, as a mely boyish; but the author makes noun of multitude, of the plural ample amends in the remaining number. It is not easy to account rt of this description of the abating for the syntax otherwise. the flood. The circumstances of are few, but selected with great 847. From flanding lake to tripping Igment, and express'd with no less ebb,] Tripping from tripuirit and beauty. In this respect, diare, to dance, to ilep lightly upon

must be own’d, Milton, greatly the toes, a natural defcription of (cels the Italians, who are gene. Soft-ebbing, as VII 300. and so it lly too prolix in their descriptions, follows, that fiole with loft foot, this od think they have never faid bold personizing is perpetually usd rough whilft any thing remains un. by the Greek, and consequently the id. When once enough is said to Latin poets, who always imitate <cite in the reader's mind a proper thein, Hor. Epod. XVI. 47. lca of what the poet is represent

montibus altis ig, whatever is added, however

Levis crepante lympha delilit pede. eautiful, serves only to teize the

Richardson. incy instead of pleasing it, and raper cools than improves that glow 848.-the deep, who now had fopt f pleasure, which arises in the His fluces, as the Heav'n bis win. aind upon its first contemplation of dows but.] Gen. VIII. 2. Ibe ny surprising scene of nature well fountains alio of the deep, and the sainted out of this Milton was windows of Heaven were Atopped. ery fenfible, and throughout his For this and other particulars of the vhole poem has scarcely ever been ark resting upon the mountains of hurried by his imagination into Ararat, and of the raven, and of the ny thing incon hillent with it. dove $c, see the same chapter.

Thyer. VOL. II.

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850.-flotis,

The ark no more now flotes, but seems on ground
Fast on the top of some high mountain fix'd. 851
And now the tops of hills as rocks appear ;
With clamor thence the rapid currents drive
Tow’ards the retreating sea their furious tide.
Forthwith from out the ark a raven flies, 855
And after him, the surer messenger,
A dove sent forth once and again to spy
Green tree or ground whereon his foot may light;
The second time returning, in his bill
An olive leaf he brings, pacific fign:

860
Anon dry ground appears, and from his ark
The ancient fire descends with all his train;
Then with uplifted hands, and eyes devout,
Grateful to Heav'n, over his head beholds
A dewy cloud, and in the cloud a bow 865
Conspicuous with three listed colors

gay, Betokening peace from God, and covenant new.

Whereat 850. - flotes,] This is the right - placitam paci nutritor olivan. way of spelling the word, as it

Virg. Georg. II. 425. Hue comes from the French floter. 860. Ar olive leaf be brings, paci

Add this likewise, fic fign:] Sign of peace, of Paciferæque manu ramum prztes God's mercy to mankind; the olive

dit olivæ.

Æn. VIII. 116 was sacred to Pallas, and borne by chose that sued for peace, as being

866. Conspicuous with three life

colors gay,] He afterwards the emblem of it and plenty:

calls it the triple-color'd bare, fer

870

Whereat the heart of Adam erst so fad
Greatly rejoic'd, and thus his joy broke forth.

O thou who future things canst represent
Is present, heav'nly Instructor, I revive
Lt this last sight, assur’d that man shall live
Vith all the creatures, and their feed preserve.
ar less I now lament for one whole world
if wicked sons destroy'd, than I rejoice

875 or one man found so perfect and so just, 'hat God vouchsafes to raise another world rom him, and all his anger to forget. ut say, what mean those color'd streaks in Heaven Siftended as the brow of God appeas’d, 880 Ir serve they as a flow'ry verge to bind 'he Auid skirts of that fame watry cloud, eft it again diffolve and show'r the earth?

To whom th’Arch-Angel. Dextrously thou aim'ft; o willingly doth God remit his ire,

885

Though 97. and he means probably the Though late repenting him of man uree principal colors, red, yellow, deprav'd, nd blue, of which the others are Griev'd at his heart, ompounded.

And it repented the Lord that be bad 884. To whom thArch. Angel.&c.] made man on the earth, and it grieved Che reader will easily observe how him at his heart, Gen. VI. 6. auch of this speech is built upon jcripture.

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