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I ?! T! By me, have lost our hopes. But he who reigns :) Monarch in Heav'ng till then as onc secure , » Sat on his throne, upheld by old repute, Consent or custom, and his regal state...12: 640 Put forth at full, but still his strength conceald, op.*} Which tempted our attempt, and wrought our fall. a Henceforth his might we know, and know our own, So as not either to provoke, or dread. New wár, provok’d; 'our better part remains To work in close design, by fraud or guile, What force effected not: that he no less At length from us may find, who overcomes By force, hath overcome but half his foe. Space may produce new worlds; whereof fo rife. 650? 'T
ibe third part of the fars of Hea- ly thought an elegance by Milton, ven, and call them to the earth; and and many instances of it may be this opinion Milton hath express’d Mown not only in his works, buc in several places, IF. 692. V. 710. I believe in all the best poets both VI. 156 but Satan here talks big ancient and modern, tho' the latter and magnifies their number, as if I am afraid have been fometimes .. their exile bad emptied Heaven. too liberal of them.
642. Which tempted our attempt,] 647. that he no lefs &c.] Sao', Words tho' well chosen and fignif- tan had own'd just before, ver. : cative enough, yet of jingling and 642. that they had been deceiv'd unpleasant found, and like mar- by God's concealing his strength; riages between persons too near He now says, He also shall find of kin, to be avoided. Hume. himself iniftaken in his turn; He This kind of jingle was undoubted- hall find our cunning fuch as that
There went a fame in Heav'n that he ere long
He tho' we have been overpower'd, diers, when they applauded a speech we are not more than half lubdued. of their general, was to finite their
Richardson. fhields with their fwords. Bentley. 662. understood] Not express'd, And the epithet grasped,"join'd to not openly declar'd, and yet im- arms, determins the expresion to ply'd: as when we say that a sub- mean swords only, which were fpoitantive of verb is understood in a
ken of a little before, ver. 664. fentence. Pearce.
669. Hurling defiance Foward the 664. - drawn from the thighs] It "vault of Heaven.] Dr. Benitmay be observed here that Milton, ley reads the walls of Heaven, Heato keep up the dignity of language, ven the habitation of God and has purposely avoided the trite Angels being never defcribed as phrase drawn from the fides, and vaulted; and Dr. Pearce approves adopted the Greek way of expres- the emendation; and without doubt fing it. Thus Homer, Iliad. I. 190. the wall or weills of Heaven is a Høye peoyaven ofu epuase pit common expresfion with our rau
thor. But may we hot by the vault sape jumpe. Thyer.
of Heaven understand cali conarta, 667.
with grasped arms] The our visible Heaven, whieh is often known custom of the Roman fol. defcribed is vaulted, the fphere of
He spake:: and to confirm his words, out-flew
There stood a hill not far, whose grisly top . -670
but afterwards Afcanius wounds
Virgil makes use of the same word
Ac velur ille the poet's making this mountain a
Occiso paftore lupus person and a male person, and at the same time attributing a womb to Subjecit pavitantem utero, fylvaf
caudamque femulcens it: And perhaps it would have
que petivit. been better if he had written its womb; but womb is used in as large 674. The work of fulphur.] For 2 fenfe as the Latin uterus, which metals are supposed to consist of
A numerous brigad haften'd: as when bands
two essential parts or principles ; true? Some look upon Mammon mercury, as the basis or metallic as the God of riches, and Mammon matter; and fulphur as the binder is accordingly made a person by or cement, which fixes the fluid our poet, and was fo by Spenser mercury into a coherent malleable before him, whose description of mafs. See Chambers's Dic. of Mammon and his cave our poet Sulphur. And so Johnson in the seems to have had his eye upon in Alchemist, A& 2. Sc.
several places. It turns to fulphur, or to quick 682. The riches of Heav'n's parvesilver,
ment, trodden gold,] So HoWho are the parents of all other mer speaks of the pavement of metals.
Heaven, as if it was of gold, xpua 678. Mammon] This name is Sy to the heavenly Jerusalem is de
ow ev dened w, Iliad. IV. 2. And riac, and fignifies riches. Ye cannot scribed by St. John, Rev. XXI. 21. serve God and Mammon, says our Sa- and the pireet of the city is pure gold. viour, Mat. VI. 24. and bids us make to ourselves friends of the Mam
by him firft mon of unrighteousness, Luke XVI.9. Men also, and by his fuggeftion and ver. 11. If je kave not been taught,] Dr. Bentley lays, faithful in the unrighteous Mammon, the poet-aligns as two causes bin 'who will commit to your trust the and his fuggeftion, which are one
Ranfack:d the center, and with impious hands in
695 And strength and art are easily out-done
and the same thing. This obfer. Itum eft in viscera terræ, vation has the appearance of ac. Quasque recondiderat, Stygiisque coracy. But Milton is exact, and admoverat umbris,
alludes in a beautiful manner to a Effodiuntur opes. - fuperftitiaus opinion, generally be
:** Ov. Met. I. 138, &t. lieved among the miners : That
Hume, there are a fort of Devils which converse much in minerals, where Hor. Od. IH. IÚ. 49.
688. For treasures better bid.) they are frequently seen to busy and employ themselves in all the Aurum irrepertum, et fic meliùs operations of the workmen ; they
situm. will dig, cleanse, melt, and sepa. 694. —'and the works of. Mema rate the metals. See G. Agricola phian kings,] He seems to de Animantibus subterraneis. So allude particularly to the famous that Milton poetically supposes Pyramids of Egypt, which were Mammon and his clan to have taught near Memphis. the fons of earth by example and
Barbara Pyramidum fileat miracu. practical inftruction, as well as pre
la Memphis, Mart. cept and mental fuggeftion.
Warburton. 695. Learn how their greatest mo687. Rifled the bowels of their mo numents of fame, ther earth)
And strength and art &c.) This VOL. I.