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What wonder then if I delight to hear
To whom our Saviour with unalter'd brow.
482. — most men admire Connexion of Sacred and Profane
Virtue, who follow not her lore:) History, b. xii. Dunster. Imitated from the well known 497. – and Satun bowing low saying of Medea, Ov. Met. vii. His gray dissimulation,] 20.
An expression this, which your
little word-catching critics will -Video meliora, proboque; Deteriora sequor.
very probably censure, but read
ers of true taste admire. It is a 490. --and vouchsaf d his voice true instance of the feliciter au
To Balaam reprobate,] det. There is another of the An argument more plausible and same kind in this book, where more fallacious could not have the poet says, speaking of the been put into the mouth of the angelic quire, ver. 170. Tempter. Perfectly to appre -and in celestial measures mov'd, bend this remarkable piece of Circling the throne and singing, Scripture history, as well as the while the hand poet's judicious use of it in this
Sung with the voice. place, we may refer to Bishop
Thyer. Butler's excellent Sermon on the When criticism is employed character of Balaam, and to on words alone, it may deserve Shuckford's account of it in his Mr. Thyer's censure; but it
His gray dissimulation, disappear'd
must sometimes condescend to _nigrus nox contrahit alas. notice them; and in this instance And Tasso, viii. 57. and Spenser. it may safely pronounce that Fae
Faery Queen, b. vi. c. viii. 44. Milton would not have admitted into the Par. Lost so forced and
-and now the even-tide
His broad black wings had through affected an expression as “ bow
the heavens wide ing low his gray dissimulation."
By this dispread The meaning indeed is perfectly
But he might also bayeremarked, clear. Satan is still, as Mr. Dunster observes, under his as
that not one of these poets apsumed character of “ an aged
to plies any other epithet to the man in rural weeds." But the wings of night than one expres
sive of material qualities ; Milton words which he quotes from our author's Latin poem on the fifth
heightens the poetry of the of November, (where Satan is also
image by introducing the quaintroduced under the disguise of
lities of mind-sullen wings. And an old Franciscan friar,)
thus in l’Allegro, 6. —assumptis micuerunt tempora canis,
Where brooding darkness spreads hef "
jealous wings. if “ equivalent to his gray dissi- Fairfax indeed has added a simimulation here," are free from the lar idea to Tasso's description, conceit which we have blamed viii. 57. above. E.
· Sorgea la notte in tanto, e sotto l'ali 498. — disappear'd
Recopriva del Cielo i campi immensi: Into thin air diffus'd:] So Virgil of Mercury, Æn. iv.
which is thus translated by Fair278.
But now the night dispread her lazy Et procul in tenuem ex oculis eva.
wings nuit auram,
Oe'r the broad fields of heaven's 498. And Shakespeare, Tem
bright wilderness. pest, act iv. sc. 2.
500. —to double-shade --these our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits,
The desert;] and
He has expressed the same Are melted into air, into thin air. thought in Comus, 335.
Dunster. In double night of darkness, and of 500. – her sullen wings] Mr.
shades. Dunster cites Virg. Æn. vii. 369. (Where see the notes.] And the
reader will naturally observe Nox ruit, et fuscis tellurem amplecti.
how properly the images are tur alis,
taken from the place, where the And Manilius, Astron, v. 59. scene is laid. It is not a descrip
The desert; fowls in their clay nests were couch'd ; And now wild beasts came forth the woods to roam.
tion of night at large, but of doubt was, because the poet had a night in the desert; and, as before laboured this scene to the Mr. Thyer says, is very short, utmost perfection in his Parathough poetical. The reason no dise Lost.