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By parents; or his happiest choice too late
confound. He added not, and from her turn'd; but Eve Not so repuls’d, with tears that ceas'd not flowing, And tresses all disorder'd, at his feet
911 Fell humble, and embracing them, befought His
peace, and thus proceeded in her plaint. Forsake me not thus, Adam, witness Heaven What love fincere, and reverence in my
915 I bear thee, and unweeting have offended, Unhappily deceiv'd; thy suppliant I beg, and clasp thy knees; bereave me not,
Whereon 916. – and unweeting bave of. Cum versa sors eft. Unicum lapsa
fended,] Spenser, Fairy mihi Queen, B. 1. Cant. 2. St. 45. Firmamen, unam spem gravi ad
flictæ malo As all unweeting of that well the
Te mihi reserva, dum licet; knew. Thyer.
Tibi nam reliéta, quo vadam, aut bereave me not,
ævum exigam? Whereon I live, thy gentle looks, thy
aid, &c.] In this tragical part 925. — one enmity] There is someour author seems to have had his thing not improbable in Dr. Bentley's eye upon Grotius's tragedy, Adamus reading, Exul AA V.
both joining Caffam, oro, dulci luminis jubare tui
As join'd in injuries, in enmity : Ne me relinquas: nunc tuo auxilio
but perhaps the author put one in
Whereon I live, thy gentle looks, thy aid,
925 Against a foe by doom express affign’d us, That cruel Serpent: On me exercise not Thy hatred for this misery befall’n, On me already lost, me than thyself More miserable; both have finn'd, but thou
930 Against God only', I against God and thee, And to the place of judgment will return, There with my cries importune Heav'n, that all
The opposition to both; both joining one here again his eye upon Grotius, enmity.
Adamus Exul. Act V. 926. Against a foe by doom express Tu namque foli numini contrarius, ahgn'dus,] For it was part
Minus es nocivus; alt ego nocentior, of the sentence, pronounc'd upon
(Adeoque misera magis — ) the Serpent, Gen. III. 15. I will Deumque læsi scelere, teque, vir, put enmity between thee and the wo
fimul. man, and between thy feed and her As Milton read all good authors, so feed.
he improv'd by all, the modern as 929.
me than thyself well as the ancient: and as an Essay More miserable; both have finn'd, has been written upon his imitations but thou
of the Ancients, there might be anoAgainst God only, I against God ther upon his imitations of the Moand thee,] The author had derns.
The sentence from thy head remov'd may light
935 Me, me only, just object of his ire.
She ended weeping, and her lowly plight, Immoveable till peace obtain'd from fault Acknowledg’d and deplor’d, in Adam wrought Commiseration; soon his heart relented
940 Towards her, his life so late and sole delight, Now at his feet submissive in distress, Creature so fair his reconcilement seeking, His counsel, whom the had displeas'd, his aid;
As 936. Me, me only, just object] The declar'd her resolution not to coharepetition of me me here is like what bit with him any more. Upon this we took notice of in III. 236. and he wrote his Doctrin and Disciplin of like that in Virgil's Æn. IX. 427. .
Divorce, and to show that he was Me, me, adsum qui feci, in me con- in earnest was actually treating about vertite ferrum :
a second marriage, when the wife and like Abigail's speech to David, whom he often visited, and there
contrived to meet him at a friend's 1 Sam. XXV. 24. Upon me, my Lord, fell proftrate before him, imploring upon me let this iniquity be. Dr. Bent- forgiveness and reconciliation. It is ley would read,
not to be doubted (fays Mr Fenton) Me, only me, just object of his ire : but an interview of that nature, so but as the repetition is highly pa- little expected, muft wonderfully afthetic, Mr. Upton thinks the tro- fect him: and perhaps the impreso chaic following the spondee makes fions it made on his imagination the pathos more perceptible. contributed much to the painting of 940.
Soon his heart relented] This that pathethic scene in Paradise Loft, seems to have been drawn from a in which Eve addresseth herself to domestic scene. Milton's wife foon Adam for pardon and peace. At after marriage went to visit her the intercession of his friends who friends in Oxford hire. and refused were present, after a short reluctance to return at the time appointed; He he generously sacrific'd all his resentoften solicited her, but in vain; the ment to her tears:
As one disarm’d, his anger all he lost,
945 And thus with peaceful words uprais’d her soon.
Unwary', and too desirous, as before,
950 His full wrath, whose thou feel'st as yet least
part, And my displeasure bear'st so ill. If
Thy foon his heart relented “ Milton with great depth of judgTowards her, his life so late and “ ment observes in his Apology for sole delight,
“ Sme Etymnuus, that he who would Now at his feet submissive in distress. “ not be frufrate of his bope to write Mr. Thyer thus farther inlarges up-
“ well in laudable things, ought bimon the same subject." This picture
Self to be a true poem, that is, a com• of Eve's distress , her submisive « things, and have in himself she
position of the best and honorableft “ tender address to her husband, and “ his generous reconcilement to her
experience and practice of all that
“ which is praise-worthy: of the are extremely beautiful, I had « almost faid, beyond any thing in « self is, I think, a shining instance
“ truth of which observation he him“ the whole poem ; and that reader
“ in this charming scene now be“ must have a very four and un“ friendly turn of mind, whose heart « to doubt but that the particular
“ fore us, since there is little room “ does not relent with Adam's, and
“ beauties of it are owing to an “ melt into a sympathizing commi
“ interview of the same nature which “ feration towards the mother of
“ he had with his own wife, and “ mankind; so well has our author
“ that he is only here defcribing “ here follow'd Horace's advice,
" those tender and generous sentiSi vis me flere, dolendum est ments, which he then felt and Primùm ipsi tibi
experienc'd." Art. Poet. 102.
Thy frailty and infirmer sex forgiven,
To whom thus Eve, recovering heart, reply'd.
970 Restor'd by thee, vile as I am, to place Of new acceptance, hopeful to regain
976. Tending to some relief of our that they should resolve to remain Extremes,
childless; or if they found it diffiOr end,] Adam had said before, cult to do so, that then, to prethat the death denounc'd upon them, vent a long day's dying to themselves as far as he could see, would prove and seed at once, they should make no fudden but a low pac'd evil, a long fort and destroy themselves. The day's dying, and would likewise_be former method the considers as some deriv'd to their posterity. Eve relief of their extremes, the latter therefore proposes, to prevent its as the end. being deriv'd to their pofterity,