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Her nourllings did with mutinous uprore
Harten against her felfe, her conquer'd spoile,
Which she had wonne from all the world afore,
Of all the world was fpoyld within a while : 302
So, when the compaft course of the universe
In fixe and thirtie thousand yeares is ronne,
The bands of th' elements shall backe reverse
To their first discord, and be quite undonne:
The seedes, of which all things at first weré

Shall in great Chaos wombe againe be hid.

XXIII. O warie wifedome of the man, that would That Carthage towres from spoile should be

forborne, To th’end that his victorious people should With cancring laisure not be overworne! He well foresaw, how that the Romane courage, Impatient of pleasures faint desires, Through idlenes would turne to civill rage, 315 And be her felfe the matter of her firés. For, in a people given all to ease, Ambition is engendred easily ; As, in a vicious bodie, grofe disease Soone growes through humours superfluitie. 320 That came to paffe, when, fwolne with plen

ties pride, Nor prince, nor peere, nor kin, they would abide.



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XXIV.. If the blinde Furie, which warres breedeth oft, Wonts pot ț enrage the hearts of equal beasts, Whether they fare on foote, or flie aloft, Or armed be with clawes, or scalie creasts; What fell Erynnis, with hot burning tongs, Did grype your hearts with noysome rage

imbew'd, That, each to other working cruell wrongs, Your blades in your owne bowels you em

brew'd ?
Was this (ye Romanes) your hard destinie?
Or some old sinne, whose unappeased guilt
Powr'd vengeance forth on you eternallie?
Or brothers blood, the which at first was spilt
Upon your walls, that God - might not en-

Upon the fame to set foundation sure ?



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O that I had the Thracian Poets harpe,
For to awake out of th' infernall shade
Those antique Cæfars, sleeping long in darke,
The which this auncient Citie whilome made !
Or that I had Amphions instrument,
To quicken, with his vitall notes accord,
The stonie ioynts of these old walls now rent;


XXIV. 1.

the blind Furie,] See my note on this expression in Milton's Lycidas, ver. 75. And see also the note on F. Q. iv. v. 44. T. WARTON.


By which th’Ausonian light might be restor’d!
Or that at least I could, with pencill fine,
Fashion the pourtraičts of these palacis,
By paterne of great Virgils fpirit divine ! ';
I would affay with that which in me is,

To builde, with levell of my loftie ftyle, 349
That which no hands can evermore compyle.


Who lift the Romane greatnes forth to figure,
Him needeth not to seeke for usage right
Of line, or lead, or rule, or fquaire, to measure
Her length, her breadth, her deepnes, or her

But him behooves to vew in compasse round 355
All that the Ocean grafpes in his long armes ;
Be it where the yerely starre doth scortch the

ground, Or where colde Boreas blowes his bitter

stormes. Rome 'was th' whole world, and al the world

was Rome'; And if things nam’d their names doo equalize,

XXV. 13. To builde, with levell of my loftie style,

That which no hands can evermore compyle.] It was from this paffage I conceive that Milton drew the admired expression relating to Lycidas :

“ He knew " Himself to fing, and BUILD the lofty rlime:" and not immediately from the Latin carmina condere, as Dr. Newton would induce us to believe; or with any reference to the Greek, 'Aondas 'EGYPTSEE, cited by Dr. Hurd. TODD.

When land and sea ye name, then name ye Rome;

361 And, naming Rome, ye land and sea comprize : For th' auncient plot of Rome, displayed

plaine, The map of all the wide world doth containe.

XXVII. Thou that at Rome astonisht doft behold 365 The antique pride, which menaced the skie, These haughtie heapes, these palaces of olde, These wals, these arcks, these baths, these tem

ples hie; Iudge, by these ample Ruines vew, the rest The which iniurious Time hath quite outworné, Since of all workmen helde in reckning best ; 371 Yet these olde fragments are for paternés

borne : Then also marke, how Rome, from day to day, Repayring her decayed fashion, Renewes herselfe with buildings rich and

gay; That one would iudge, that the Romaine Dæ

376 Doth yet himselfe with fåtall hand enforce, Againe on foote to reare her pouldred corse.


XXVII. 12.

the Romaine Dæmon] Demon is Platonick. So Milton's Attendant Spirit in Comus was called, in his manuscript, Dæmon. See my note on the opening of Comus. T. WARTON. XXVII. 14.

pouldred] Reduced to dut. See the note, F. Q. iii. ii. 25.' TODD.

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· Ile that hath feene a great oke drie and dead Yet clad with reliques of lone trophees olde, Lifting to heaven her aged hoarie head, Whose foote in ground hath left but feeble

But halfe disbowel'd lies above the ground,
Shewing her wreathed rootes, and naked armes,
And on her trunke all rotten and unfound 385
Onely fupports herselfe for meate of wormes;
And, though the owe her fall to the first winde,
Yet of the devout people is ador’d,
And, mande yong pants spring out of her rinde;
Who such an oke hath feene, let him record 390

That such this Cities honour was of yore,
And mongst all Cities florished much more.

All that which Aegypt whilome did devise;
All that which Greece their temples to embrave,
After th’ Ionicke, Atticke, Doricke guise'; 395
Or Corinth skil'd in curious workes to grave;
All that Lyfippus practike arte could forme;
Apelles wit; or Phidias his skill;
Was wont this auncient Citie to adorne,
And the heaven it felfe with her wide wonders

fill. All that which Athens ever brought forth wise ; All that which Afrike ever bronght forth strange; All that which Asie ever had of prise;


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