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Shall build a wondrous ark, as thou beheld’st,
shall heave the ocean to usurp Beyond all bounds, till inundation rise Above the highest hills : then shall this mount Of Paradise by might of waves be mov'd Out of his place, push'd by the horned flood, With all his verdure spoild, and trees adrift, Down the great river to the op'ning gulf, And there take root, an island salt and bare, The haunt of seals, and orcs, and sea-mews' clang;
881 horned] See Browne's Britan. Past. ii. p. 190.
And now the horned flood bore to our isle.' Hor. Od. iv. 14. 25.
• Sic tauriformis volvitur Aufidus.' and Virg. Geo. iv. 371. Æn. viii. 77.
886 haunt) Virg. Æn. V. 128. 'Apricis statio gratissima mergis.' Hom. Hymn. Apoll. 77.
Ιουλύποδες δ' εν εμοί θαλάμας, φώκαί τε μέλαιναι,
Οικία ποιήσονται ακηδέα.
• Grues Aquilone fugatæ
To teach thee that God attributes to place
stopp’d His sluices, as the heaven his windows shut. The ark no more now floats, but seems on ground Fast on the top of some high mountain fix’d. And now the tops of hills as rocks appear;,
840 hull] v. Donne's Poems, p. 316. xxxi. A great ship overset, or without saile hulling.' Queen Elizabeth's Tear, by C. Lever, 1607, 4to. F. 2. • Hulling upon the river where she lay.' Sandys's Psalms, p. 181. • The ship hulls, as the billows flow.'
847 tripping] Drayton applies this word to the flow of rivers: Polyolb. Song xiii. •The Avon trips along; ' xv. • The Isis from her source comes tripping with delight;' and xxvi. “Darwin from her fount comes tripping down towards Trent.' Todd.
848 soft foot] See Drakenborch's Note on Sil. Italicus, vi. 140. p. 298. Lucret. v. 274. 'Liquido pede,' with Wakefield's Note, and Jer. Taylor's Sermon on Lady Carbery, fol. p. 169. 852 tops] Backs. vii. 206. Bentl. MS. VOL. II.
With clamour thence the rapid currents drive
O thou, who future things canst represent
880 brow] Fenton proposed to read “The bow of God.'
The fluid skirts of that same watry cloud,
To whom th' archangel. Dextrously thou aim'st;
grace shall one just man find in his sight, That he relents, not to blot out mankind, And makes a covenant never to destroy The earth again by flood, nor let the sea Surpass his bounds, nor rain to drown the world With man therein or beast; but when he brings Over the earth a cloud, will therein set His triple-colour'd bow, whereon to look, And call to mind his cov'nant: day and night, Seed-time and harvest, heat and hoary frost, Shall hold their course, till fire purge all things new. Both heaven and earth, wherein the just shall dwell.
886 late] Fenton placed a comma after 'late,' but Bentley removed it, and gave the line agreeably to Milton's own editions.
The angel Michael continues from the flood to relate what shall succeed; then, in the mention of Abraham, comes by degrees to explain, who that seed of the woman shall be, which was promised Adam and Eve in the fall; his incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension ; the state of the church till his second coming. Adam, greatly satisfied, and recomforted by these relations and promises, descends the hill with Michael; wakens Eve, who all this while had slept, but with gentle dreams composed to quietness of mind and submission. Michael in either hand leads them out of Paradise, the fiery sword waving behind then, and the Cherubim taking their stations to guard the place.
As one who in his journey bates at noon,
Thus thou hast seen one world begin and end ;
1 As one] When the last book was divided into two, in the second edition, these first five lines were added.