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Already, and for him intended
The tools of death that waits him near.
(His arrows purposely made he
He travails big with vanity;
Trouble he hath conceived of old
He digg'd a pit, and delved it deep,
His mischief, that due course doth keep,
Of violence will undelayed
Fall on his crown with ruin steep.
Then will I Jehovah's praise
August 14, 1653.
O JEHOVAH our Lord, how wondrous great
When I behold thy heavens, thy fingers' art,
The moon and stars, which thou so bright hast set
In the pure firmament, then saith my heart,
That him thou visit'st, and of him art found?
With honour and with state thou hast him crowned.
O'er the works of thy hand thou mad'st him lord;
All flocks and herds, by thy commanding word,
All beasts that in the field or forest meet, Fowl of the heavens, and fish that through the wet Sea-paths in shoals do slide, and know no dearth. O Jehovah our Lord, how wondrous great
And glorious is thy name through all the earth!
SCRAPS FROM THE PROSE WRITINGS.
FROM "OF REFORMATION TOUCHING CHURCH DISCIPLINE IN ENGLAND," 1641.
[DANTE, Inferno, xix. 115.]
AH, Constantine, of how much ill was cause,
[PETRARCH, Sonnet 107.]
FOUNDED in chaste and humble poverty,
'Gainst them that raised thee dost thou lift thy horn,
[ARIOSTO, Orl. Fur. xxxiv. Stanz. 80.]
THEN passed he to a flowery mountain green,
FROM THE APOLOGY FOR SMECTYMNUUS,
[HORACE, Sat. i. 1, 24.]
LAUGHING to teach the truth
What hinders? as some teachers give to boys
[HORACE, Sat. i. 10, 14.]
JOKING decides great things
Stronglier and better oft than earnest can.
[SOPHOCLES, Electra, 624.]
'TIS you that say it, not I. You do the deeds, And your ungodly deeds find me the words.
FROM AREOPAGITICA, 1644.
[EURIPIDES, Supplices, 438.]
THIS is true liberty, when freeborn men,
FROM TETRACHORDON, 1645.
[HORACE, Epist. i. 16, 40.]
WHOM do we count a good man? Whom but he
FROM "THE TENURE OF KINGS AND MAGISTRATES," 1649.
[SENECA, Her. Fur. 922.]
THERE can be slain
No sacrifice to God more acceptable
Than an unjust and wicked king.
FROM THE HISTORY OF BRITAIN, 1670.
[In Geoffrey of Monmouth the story is that Brutus the Trojan, wandering through the Mediterranean, and uncertain whither to go, arrived at a dispeopled island called Leogecia, where he found, in a ruined city, a temple and oracle of Diana. He consulted the oracle in certain Greek verses, of which Geoffrey gives a version in Latin elegiacs; and Milton translates these.]
GODDESS of Shades, and Huntress, who at will
[Sleeping before the altar of the Goddess, Brutus received from her, in vision, an answer to the above in Greek. Geoffrey quotes the traditional version of the same in Latin elegiacs, which Milton thus translates.]
BRUTUS, far to the west, in the ocean wide,