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All things with double terror: on the ground 850
By right, and lift'ning where the Ω θανατε, θανατε, πως αει καhapless pair
λεμενα Sat in their fad discourse, and va Ουτω κατ' ημαρ, ου δυνη μολειν rious plaint,
TOT!; Thence gather'd his own doom; 859. ber flower pace) Pede and the next morning, while the sun The molt beautiful passages com
claudo. Hor. Od. III. II. 32. in Aries rose, ver. 329.
he met Sin and Death in their way to earth ; for the beauties of this passage, we
monly want the feweft notes : and they discourse together, and it was after Sin and Death were arriv'd in
are sure, the reader mu. not only Paradise, that the Almighty made perceive them, but muit really feel
chem, if he has any feeling at all, that speech from ver. 616. to ver. 641. and after that the Angels are is more moving and pathetic.
Nothing in all the ancient tragedies order'd to make the changes in na
860. O woods, O fountains, hillocs, ture : so that this, we conceive, must
dales and bowers, be some other night than that im
With other echo late I taught your mediately after the fall.
shades W by comes not death, To anywer, and resound far other But death comes not at call,] 30 Song ) Alluding to this part phocles' Philoctetes, 793.
of Adam's morning hymn, V. 202.
To answer, and resound far other song.
Out of my sight, thou Serpent; that name best
And Witness if I be silent, morn or renewing her addresses to him, with even,
the whole speech that follows it, To hill, or valley, fountain or fresh have something in them exquisitely shade
moving and pathetic: Made vocal by my song, and taught He added not, and from her turn'd; his praise. Thyer.
but Eve &c. 863. Whom thus affiliated when fad Adam's reconcilement to her is
Eve bebeld, &c.] The part of work'd up in the same fpirit of tenEve in this book is no less patlionate derness. Eve afterwards proposes to and apt to sway the reader in her her husband, in the blindness of her favor. She is represented with great despair, that to prevent their guilt tenderness as approaching Adam, from descending upon posterity they but is spurn'd from him with a spirit should resolve to live childless; or if of upbraiding and indignation, con- that could not be done, they should formable to the nature of Man, seek their own deaths by violent whose passions had now gained the methods. As those sentiments natudominion over him. The following rally engage the reader to regard paffage, wherein she is described as the mother of mankind with more
And wand'ring vanity, when least was fafe,
To than ordinary commiseration, they or plac'd before: so we have in Vir. likewise contain a very fine moral. gil's Georg. I. 270. segeti pretendere The resolution of dying to end our lepem ; and in Æn VI. 60. prætenmiseries, does not show such a de taque Syrtibus arva. So Pliny in his gree of magnanimity as a resolution Epiltles, Lib. 1. Ep. 16. says, nec to bear them, and submit to the desidiæ noftræ prætendamus alienam. dispensations of Providence. Our
Pearce. author has therefore, with great de. Pritended to, held before. So Milton licacy, represented Eve as entertain. himself explains this phrase, p. 809. ing this thought, and Adam as dif- Tol. Edit. but ecclesiastical is approving it. Addison.
ever pretended to political. Thus 872. left that too heav'nly form, Quintil. Pref. to L. 1. Vultum et pretended
triftitiam et dissentientem a cæteris To bellish fall.cod, snare them.] habitum peffimis moribus prætendeDr. Bentley chooses rather obtended : bant, speaking of the false philosobut in English the word obtended is phers. Richardson. at least as unusual, as the sense here 883. And under flood not] The conof pretended is. Pretended to signifies struction is I was fool'd and beguil'd here, as in the Latin tongue, held by thee, and understood not &c.
To my just number found. O why did God,
way to generate Mankind ? this mischief had not then befall’n, 895
And 888. To my juft number found.) The Ω Ζευ, τι δη κιβδηλον ανθρωπους just number of ribs in a man is twenty, κακον, four, twelve on each side, though Turarnas, HS OWS na 18 XATWxlo as i sometimes there have been found Ει γαρ βροτει0ηθελες σπαραι those who have had thirteen as Galen
gere, fays, and very rarely fome who
Ου κεκ γυναικων χρην ταραχεσhave had but eleven, as Tho. Bar
an tode. &c. tholinus, a famous physician, observed, in a lusly strong man whom And Jason is made to talk in the he diffected in the year 1657, who same itrain in the Medea, 573. had but eleven on one side, and a small appearance of a twelfth on κρην γαρ αλλοθεν ποθεν the other. Histor. Anatom. & Medic.
Παιδας τεκνοθαι, θηλυ δ' εκ Centur. 5. c. 1. But some writers
Eva yor, have been of opinion that Adam had
Ουτω δ' αν εκ 9ν εδεν ανθρωπους thirteen ribs on the left side, and that out of the thirteenth rib God formed Eve: and it is to this opinion And such sentiments as these, we that Milton here alludes, and makes suppose, procur'd Euripides the name Adam say, It was well if this rib of the Woman-hater. Ariosto how. was thrown out, as fupernumerary to
ever hath ventur'd upon the same bis just number
in Rodomont's invective against
women. Orlando Furioso, Cant. 27. 888. O why did God, &c.] St. 120. This thought was originally of Eu. Perche fatto non ha l'alma Natura ripides, who makes Hippolytus in Che senza te potesse nascer l'huomo, like manner expoftulate with Jupiter Come s'inetta per umana cura for not creating man without women. L'un sopra l'altro il pero, il sorbo, See Hippol. 616.
And more that shall befall, innumerable
By Why did not Nature rather fo pro- Lysander says in the Midsummer vide
Nighe’s Dream, A& I. Without your help, that man of the course of true love never did man might come,
run smooth; And one be grafted on another's side, But either it was different in blood, As are the apples with the pear and plome ?" Harrington. St. 97. Or else it food upon the choice of
Or elle misgraffed in respect of years,
friends, Nor are fimilar examples wanting Or if there were a sympathy in among our English authors.
choice, Thomas Brown in the second part of War, death, or fickness did lay his Religio Medici, Sect. 9. has some
ficge to it & C. thing very curious to this purpose, which no doubt Milton had read, 898.
for either that work having been first publish'd He never shall
find out fit mate, &c.] in the year 1642, about twenty. I have often thought, it was great five years before Paradise Lost. pity that Adam's speech had not Shakespear makes Pofthumus cry out ended where these lines begin. The in resentment of Imogen's beha- sense is quite complete without them; viour, Cymbeline, A&. II which we and they seem much fitter for a diare sure that our author had read, gressional observation of the author's,
such as his panegyric on marriage Is there no way for men to be, but &c, than to be put into the mouth women
of Adam, who could not very natuMust be half-workers ?
rally be supposed at that time to
foresee so very circumftantially the And the complaints which Adam inconveniences attending our frait makes of the disasters of love may conjunction with this fex, as he exbe compared with what Shakespear's presles it.
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