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Her nourllings did with mutinous uprore
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.
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
O that I had the Thracian Poets harpe,
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!
To builde, with levell of my loftie ftyle, 349
Who lift the Romane greatnes forth to figure,
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.
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.
· 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
That such this Cities honour was of yore,
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;