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So sweetly sung your joy the clouds along
Through the soft silence of the list’ning night; 5
Now mourn,

and if sad share with us to bear
Your fiery essence can distil no tear,
Burn in

your sighs, and borrow Seas

wept from our deep sorrow :
He who with all Heav'n's heraldry whilere
Enter'd the world, now bleeds to give us ease;
Alas, how soon our sin
Sore doth begin

His infancy to seise !
O more exceeding love or law more just? 15
Just law indeed, but more exceeding love!
For we by rightful doom remediless
Were lost in death, till he that dwelt above
High thron'd in secret bliss, for us frail duft
Emptied his glory, ev'n to nakedness ;

20 And that

great covenant which we still transgress Entirely satisfied,


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Improbus ille puer : crudelis tu but not as it is in our translation quoque mater. Richardson. He made himself of no reputation,

but as it is in the original ÉQUTOV 20. Emptied his glory, ] An ex- exeywoe, He emptied himself. presion taken from Philipp. II. 7.

24. for


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And the full wrath beside
Of vengeful justice bore for our excefs,
And seals obedience firft with wounding {mart 25
This day, but o ere long

Huge pangs

and strong

Will pierce more near his heart,



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LEST pair of Sirens, pledges of Heav'n's joy,

Sphere-born harmonious fifters, Voice and Verse, Wed your

divine sounds, and mix'd pow'r employ Dead things with inbreath'd sense able to pierce, And to our high-rais'd phantasy present

5 That

24. for cur excess,} He has Dead things with inbreath'd fenfe used the word in the same sense

able to pierce, Paradise Lost XI. Mr.

And as your equal raptures temper'd

Sweet Bewailing their excess

In high mysterious happy fpoufal

meet, but I think with greater propriety

Snatch us from earth a while, there than here,

Us of ourselves and native woes 3.

beguile, Wed

divine founds, &c] your

And to our high-rais'd phantasy In the Manuscript it appears that he had written these lines thus at

present & C. firft.

6. of puré concent,] So we Mix your choice words, and happiest read in the Manuscript, and in the rounds employ

edition of 1673, and we prefer the


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That undisturbed song of pure concent,
Ay sung before the saphir-color'd throne
To him that fits thereon
With faintly shout, and folemn jubilee,
Where the bright Seraphim in burning row
Their loud up-lifted angel-trumpets blow,
And the cherubic host in thousand quires
Touch their immortal harps of golden wires,
With those juft Spirits that wear victorious palms,
Hymns devout and holy psalms

Singing everlastingly;
That we on earth with undiscording voice
May rightly answer that melodious noise;
As once we did, till difproportion'd fin


authority of both to the single one With those juft Spirits that wear of the edition in 1645, which has the blooning palms, of pure content.

Hymns devout and sacred pfalms

Singing everlastingly, 7. the faphir-color'd throne]

While all the Aarry rounds and Alluding to Ezek. I. 26. And above

arches blue tbe firmament that was over their

Refound and echo Hallelu; heads, was the likeness of a throne,

That we on earth & Co As the appearance of a saphir fone.

10. in burning row) He The victorions palms is in allusion had written at first in triple row.

to Rev. VII. 9. clothed with white

robes, and palms in their hands. 14. With those juft Spirits &c ] These lines were thus at first in the 18. May rightly answer that meManuscript

lodious noife ; ] The following



Jarr'd against nature's chime, and with harsh din 20
Broke the fair music that all creatures made
To their great Lord, whose love their motion sway'd
In perfect diapason, whilst they stood
In first obedience, and their state of good.
O may we soon again renew that song,

And keep in tune with Heav'n, till God ere long
To his celestial confort us unite,
To live with him, and sing in endless morn of light.


* An Epitaph on the MARCHIONESS of Winchester.

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HIS rich marble doth enter

The honord wife of Winchester, A Vicount's daughter, an Earl's heir, Besides what her virtues fair


lines were thus at first in the Mą. Plin. Lib. 2. Sect. 20. Ita septem nufcript.

tonos efici, quam diapasón harmo

niam vocant, hoc eft, universitaBy leaving out those harsh ill found

tem concentus, Richardson. ing jars Of clamorous fin that all our music 28. To live with him, and fing mars,

&c] In the Manufcript the last line And in our lives, and in our song ftands thus, May keep in tune with Heav'n, till God ere long & c.

To live and fing with him in end

less morn of light. 23. In perfeet diapafon, ] Concord through all the tones, doc Warwr.

* This Lady was Jane, daugh


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Added to her noble birth,
More than she could own from earth.
Summers three times eight fave one
She had told; alas too soon,
After so short time of breath,
To house with darkness, and with death.
Yet had the number of her days
Been as complete as was her praise,
Nature and fate had had no ftrife
In giving limit to her life.
Her high birth, and her


Quickly found a lover meet;
The virgin quire for her request
The God that fits at marriage feast ;
He at their invoking came
But with a scarce well-lighted flame;



20 And

ter of Thomas Lord Vicount Savage of Rock-Savage in the countty of Chester, who by marriage became the heir of Lord Darcy Earl of Rivers; and was the wife of John Marquiss of Winchester, and the mother of Charles first Duke of Bolton. She died in childbed of a second son in the 23d year of her age, and Milton made these verses at Cambridge as appears by the sequel.

19. He at their invoking came But with a scarce well-lighted

flame ;] From Ovid. Met. X. 4. Adfuit ille quidem; sed nec fo

lemnia verba, Nec lætos vultus, nec felix attu

lit omen. Fax quoque, quam tenuit, la

crimoso ftridula fumo Usque fuit, nullofque invenit motibus ignes. Fortin.

22. a

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