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A voice of weeping heard and loud lament; From haunted spring, and dale
Edg'd with poplar pale,
The parting genius is with sighing sent; With flow'r-inwoven tresses torn
The Nymphs in twilight shade of tangled thickets
In consecrated earth,
And on the holy hearth,
The Lars, and Lemures moan with midnight
In urns, and altars round,
A drear and dying sound
Affrights the Flamens at their service quaint; And the chill marble seems to sweat,
While each peculiar Pow'r foregoes his wonted seat.
Peor and Baälim
Forsake their temples dim,
With that twice-batter'd God of Palestine;
183 weeping] Matthew, ii. 18. "In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation and weeping.' Warton.
185 poplar pale] Hall's Satires, ed. Sing. p. 93. 'The palish poplar;' and 169, and palish twigs of deadly poplar tree.' Virg. Ecl. ix. 39.
191 Lars] Lemures, et Larvas, et Empusas.' Miltoni Prolus. P. 80.
197 Peor] See B. Martini Var. Lectiones, p. 131, 132.
And mooned Ashtaroth,
Heav'n's queen and mother both,
Now sits not girt with tapers' holy shine;
The Lybic Hammon shrinks his horn,
In vain the Tyrian maids their wounded Thammuz
And sullen Moloch fled,
Hath left in shadows dread
His burning idol all of blackest hue;
In vain with cymbals ring
They call the grisly king,
In dismal dance about the furnace blue: The brutish Gods of Nile as fast,
Isis and Orus, and the dog Anubis haste.
Nor is Osiris seen
In Memphian grove or green,
Trampling the unshow'r'd grass with lowings Nor can he be at rest
Within his sacred chest,
Nought but profoundest hell can be his shroud; In vain with timbrell'd anthems dark
The sable-stoled sorcerers bear his worshipp❜d ark.
200 mooned] Milton added this word to our language. Todd.
215 Trampling] Benlowes's Theophila, p. 287. 'Of wide hornd oxen trampling grass with lowings loud.'
He feels from Juda's land
The dreaded Infant's hand,
of Bethlehem blind his dusky eyn;
Not Typhon huge ending in snaky twine:
So when the sun in bed,
Curtain'd with cloudy red,
Pillows his chin upon an orient wave,
The flocking shadows pale
Troop to th' infernal jail,
Each fetter'd ghost slips to his several grave;
And the yellow-skirted Fayes [maze. Fly after the night-steeds, leaving their moon-lov'd
231 chin] T. Warton has not remarked the use of this word in old poetry; when it brought with it no associations of familiarity or burlesque. Chapman's Hom. Il. p. 113, Both goddesses let fall their chins.' Odyss. p. 303. 310, Jove shook his sable chin.' The Ballad of Gil Morrice, 158, 'And kiss'd baith mouth and chin,' 169, And syne she kiss'd his bluidy cheeke, and syne his bluidy chin.' And Percy's Reliques, iii. 57, Our Lady bore up her chinne.'
232 shadows] M. Bowle refers to Mids. Night Dream, act iii. sc. ult.
'And yonder shines,' &c.
But see the Virgin blest
Time is our tedious song should here have endHeav'n's youngest teemed star Hath fix'd her polish'd car,
Her sleeping Lord with handmaid lamp attendAnd all about the courtly stable [ing; Bright-harness'd Angels sit in order serviceable.
EREWHILE of music, and ethereal mirth,
Hor. Od. i. xv. 15.
244 harness'd] Exodus, xiii. 18. The children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.' Newton.
divide] Spens. F. Queen. iii. i. 40.
And all the while sweet music did divide
• Imbelli cithara carmina divides.' Warton.
For now to sorrow must I tune my song,
Most perfect Hero, tried in heaviest plight Of labours huge and hard, too hard for human wight!
He sovereign priest stooping his regal head,
His starry front low-roof'd beneath the skies:
Yet more; the stroke of death he must abide, Then lies him meekly down fast by his brethren's side.
These latest scenes confine my roving verse,
26 Cremona's trump] Vida's Christiad.