« PreviousContinue »
Through Bosphorus berwixt the justling rocks : : : 16.
With opal towrs and battlements adorn'd :
The End of the Second Book.
BOOK NI. L AIL holy light, offspring of heav'n firkt-born, 11 Or of th'eternal coeternal beam May I express thee unblamd ?' since God is light, And never but in ynapproached light , Dwelt from eternity, dwelt then in thee, Bright effluence of bright essence increate. Or hear'st thou rather pure ethereal stream, Whose fountain who shall tell ? before the sun, Before the heav'ns thou wert, and at the voice Of God, as with a mantle did invest The rising world of waters dark and deep, Won from the void and formless infinite. Thee I revisit now with bolder wing, Escap't the Stygian pool, though long detain'd In that obscure sojourn, while in my flight Through utter and through middle darkness borne With other notes than to th’Orphean lyre I sung of Chaos and eternal Night, Taught by the heav'nly muse to venture down i The dark descent, and up to re-ascend, Though hard and rare : thee I revisit safe, And feel thy sovran vital lamp; but thou Revisit'st not these eyes, that rowle in vain To find thy piercing ray, and find no dawn; So thick a drop serene hath quencht their orbs, Or dim suffufion veil'd. Yet not the more Cease I to wander where the muses hauns
Clear spring, or shaddie grove, or funnie hill, Smit with the love of sacred fong ; but chief Thee Sion and the Aowrie brooks beneath ! That wash thy hallow'd feet, and warbling fow, Nightly I visit : nor fometimes forget Those other two equal'd with me in fate, So were I equal'd with them in renown, Blind Thamyris and blind Mæonides, * And Tiresias and Phineus prophets old. Then feed on thoughts, that voluntary move Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful bird Sings darkling, and in fhadieft covert hid":"A Tunes her nocturnal note. Thus with the year Seasons return, but not to me returns .. Ai!! Day, or the sweet approach of ev'n or morn, Or fight of vernal bloom, or fummer's rofe, , ,!. Or flocks, or herds, or human face divine , But cloud instead, and ever-during dark Surrounds me, from the chearful ways of mens Cut off, and for the book of knowledge fair. Presented with a univerfal blanc : Prew kas cits. Of nature's works to me expung'd and ras'd, And wisdon at one entrance quite Thut outs .. ! So much the rather thou celeđial light up . ' Shine inward, and the mind through all hor powers Irradiate, there plant eyes, all mást from thence'.ro Purge and difperfe, that I may fee and tell visi'? Of things invisible to mortal fight. in content Now had the almighty fachor from above, ; : From the pure enpyrean whore he fits: 95 cm High throp'd above all highth bent down his eye. ...
His own works and their works at once to view :
en Him God beholding from his prospect high, to Wherein past, present, future he bebolds, ... Thus to his only Son foreseeing fpake.. . .!
Only begotten Son, feest thou what rage