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Sweet of thyself, but much more sweet thus
• Ista natura est boni,
To find this but a dream! Thus Eve her night Related, and thus Adam answer'd sad.
Best image of myself and dearer half, The trouble of thy thoughts this night in sleep Affects me equally; nor can I like This uncouth dream, of evil sprung I fear : Yet evil whence? in thee can harbour none, Created pure. But know that in the soul Are many lesser faculties that serve Reason as chief: among these fancy next Her office holds; of all external things, Which the five watchful senses represent, She formis imaginations, aery shapes, Which reason joining, or disjoining, frames All what we affirm, or what deny, and call Our knowledge or opinion; then retires Into her private cell when nature rests. Oft in her absence mimic fancy wakes To imitate her ; but, misjoining shapes, Wild work produces oft, and most in dreams, Ill matching words and deeds long past or late Some such resemblances methinks I find Of our last evening's talk in this thy dream, But with addition strange; yet be not sad: Evil into the mind of God or man May come and go, so unapprov'd, and leave
us night] for the “ dreams of night.” v. S. Ital. iii. 216. • Promissa evolvit somni, noctemque retractat. Hume. God] God here signifies angel. See ver. 59 and 70.
No spot or blame behind; which gives me hope
So cheer'd he his fair spouse, and she was cheer'd;
So all was clear'd, and to the field they haste. But first, from under shady arborous roof Soon as they forth were come to open sight Of dayspring and the sun, who, scarce uprisen With wheels yet hov’ring o'er the ocean brim, 150 Shot parallel to the earth his dewy ray, Discovering in wide landscape all the east Of paradise and Eden's happy plains, Lowly they bow'd adoring, and began
127 bosom’d] · Bosom.' Bentl. MS.
137 roof] In Milton's own edition, a comma stands after roof, which Tickell, Fenton, Bentley followed. Pearce properly corrected it.
Their orisons, each morning duly paid
These are thy glorious works, Parent of good,
150 numerous] ‘To enter David's numerous fane.'
Sandy's Psalms : Ded. 166 Fairest] Hom. Il. xxii. 318. and Ov. Met. ii. 114.
This dyan follows closch, while
9 Thou sun, of this great world both eye
and soul, Acknowledge him thy greater, sound his praise In thy eternal course, both when thou clim'st, And when high noon hast gain'd, and when thou
fall'st. Moon, that now meet'st the orient sun, now fly’st, With the fix'd stars, fix'd in their orb that flies, And ye five other wand'ring fires that move In mystic dance not without song, resound His praise, who out of darkness call'd up light. Air, and ye elements the eldest birth Of nature's womb, that in quaternion run Perpetual circle, multiform, and mix And nourish all things, let your ceaseless change Vary to our great Maker still new praise.: Ye mists and exhalations that now rise From hill or steaming lake, dusky or grey, Till the sun paint your fleecy skirts with gold, In honour to the world's great author rise, Whether to deck with clouds the uncolour'd sky, Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers, 190 Rising or falling still advance his praise. His praise, ye winds that from four quarters blow, Breathe soft or loud; and wave your tops, ye pines, With every plant, in sign of worship wave.
177 five] •Verum etiam quinque stellas, quæ vulgo vaga nuncupantur.'
v. Apul. de Deo Socratis, ed. Delph, vol. ii. p. 666. quaternion] Heywood's Hier. p. 193.
• What ternions and classes be