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Would soon unbosom all their echoes mild,
Might think th' infection of my sorrows loud
had, when he wrote it, and nothing satisfied with what was begun, left it unfinished.
On Time *,
FLY envious Time, till thou run out thy race,
* In these poems where no the manuscript that the poet had date is prefixed, and no circum- written To be set on a clock-case. stances direct us to ascertain the 12. -individual] Eternal, intime when they were composed, separable. As in P. L. iv. 485. we follow the order of Milton's v. 610. See note on dividual, own editions. And before this P. L. vii. 382. T. Warton. copy of verses, it appears
from 14. --sincerely good.] Purely,
And perfectly divine,
Upon the Circumcision.
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 perfectly, good; as in Comus, v. 434–443. In the present 455. T. Warton.
instance he wishes to make angels 18. -happy-making sight,] The weep. But being of the essence plain English of beatific vision. of fire, they cannot produce 7. Your fiery essence can distil water. At length he recollects no tear,
that fire may produce burning Burn in your sighs,]
sighs. It is debated in Thomas Milton is puzzled how to recon- Aquinas whether angels have cile the transcendent essence of not, or may not have, beards. angels with the infirmities of T. Warton. men. He met with a similar 10. He who with all heav'n's difficulty in describing the repast heraldry whilere of Raphael in Paradise; P. L. Enter'd the world.]
Enter'd the world, now bleeds to give us ease;
His infancy to seize!
Will pierce more near his heart *.
Great pomps and processions are Improbus ille puer : crudelis tu quoproclaimed or preceded by he- que mater. ralds. It is the same idea in
Richardson. P. L. i. 752.
20. Emptied his glory,) An exMeanwhile the winged heralds by pression taken from Phil. ïi. 7. command
but not as it is in our translation, Of sovereign power, &c.
He made himself of no reputation, And again, b. ii. 516. Or herald- but as it is in the original, izvtor ty may mean retinue, train, the Exeywor, He emptied himself. procession itself; what he other- 24. --for our excess,] He has wise calls pomp. See the note,
used the word in the same sense P. L. viii. 60. T. Warton.
Paradise Lost, xi. 111. 15. O more exceeding love or Bewailing their excess— law more just ?
but I think with greater proJust law indeed, but more ex- priety there than here. ceeding love ! ]
* It is hard to say, why these Virgil, Ecl. viii. 49.
three odes on the three grand Crudelis mater magis, an puer im- incidents or events of the life of probus ille ?
Christ, (the Nativity, the Passion, VII.
At a Solemn Music.
BLEST pair of Sirens, pledges of heav'n's joy,
divine sounds, and mix'd pow'r employ
the Circumcision) were not at Compare L'Allegro, 137. See first printed together. I believe also King James's Furies in the they were all written about the Invocation. year 1629. T. Warton.
-marrying so my heavenly verse 2. Sphere-born harmonious sis
Unto the harpe's accorder. ters, voice and verse.) So, says In that King's Poelicall Exercises, Mr. Bowle, Marino in his Adone, Edinb. 4to. no date, printed by c. vii. 1.
R. Waldegrave. T. Warton. Musica e Poesia son due sorelle.
6. -of pure concent,] So we
T. Warton. read in the manuscript, and in 3. Wed your divine sounds, &c.] the edition of 1673, and we In the manuscript it appears that prefer the authority of both to he had written these lines thus ihe single one of the edition in at first.
1645, which has of pure content.
6. Concent, not consent, (which Mix your choice words, and happiest sounds employ
Tonson first reads, ed. fol. 1695.) Dead things with inbreath'd sense is the reading of the Cambridge able to pierce,
manuscript. Hence we should And as your equal raptures temper’d correct Jonson, in an Epithala
sweet In high mysterious happy spousal meet, mium on Mr. Weston, vol. vii. 2.
And in the Foxe, a. ïïi. Snatch us from earth a while,
p. Us of ourselves and native woes beguile, 483. vol. vii. Works, ed. 1616. And to our high-rais'd phantasy pre- And perhaps Shakespeare, K.
Henr. V. a. i. s. 2. 3. Jonson has amplified this
For government, tho' high, and low, idea, Epigr. cxxix. on E. Filmer's and lower Musical work, 1629.
Put into parts, doth keep in one
consent, &c. What charming peals are these?They are the marriage-rites
And Lilly's Midas, 1592. a. iv.. Of two the choicest pair of man's 8. 1. And Fairfax's Tasso, c. delights,
xviii. 19. Concent and concented Musick and Poesie : French Air and English Verse here
occur in several places of Spenser. wedded lie, &c.
The undisturbed song of pure
Aye sung before the sapphire-colour'd throne
concent is the diapason of the music 14. Compare P. L. vi. 882. of the spheres in Plato's system. and the Epitaph. Damon. 216. See P. L. v. 625. and the note
Lætaque frondentis gestans umbraon Arcades, 64. But Plato's ab
cula palmæ. stracted spherical harmony is
T. Warton. here ingrafted into the song in the Revelations. T. Warton.
17-25. That we on earth, &c. 7. the sapphire-colour'd
-renew that song ] throne] Alluding to Ezek. i. 26. Perhaps there are no finer lines And above the firmament that was
in Milton, less obscured by conover their heads, was the likeness of ceit, less embarrassed by affected a throne, as the appearance of a
expressions, and less weakened sapphire stone.
by pompous epithets. And in io. -in burning ron] He had this perspicuous and simple style written at first in triple row.
are conveyed some of the noblest 14. With those just spirits &c.] ideas of a most sublime philoThese lines were thus at first in sophy, heightened by metaphors the manuscript.
and allusions suitable to the sub
ject. T. Warton. With those just spirits that wear 18. May rightly answer that the blooming palms,
melodious noise ;] The following Hymns devout and sacred psalms, Singing everlastingly,
lines were thus at first in the While all the starry rounds and arches manuscript. blue
By leaving out those harsh ill sounding Resound and echo Hallelu ;
jars That we on earth &c.
Of clamorous sin that all our music The victorious palms is in allusion
And in our lives, and in our song to Rev. vii. 9. clothed - with white
May keep in tune with heav'n, till robes, and palms in their hands. God ere long &c.