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I lost him, but so found, as well I saw
Thus Mary pond'ring oft, and oft to mind
Princes, heaven's ancient sons, ethereal thrones,
111 descended] Pers. Sat. iv. 23.
• Ut nemo in sese tentat descendere.' Newton.
(So may we hold our place, and these mild seats
So spake the old Serpent doubting, and from all
125 mild seats) Mild yoke. Sonnet xix. Mild heaven. Sonnet xxi. • Mite et cognatum est homini deus. Sil. Ital. iv. 795. 131 tasted him] Psalm xxxiv. 8.
Oh taste and see how gracious the Lord is.'
The sensualest, and after Asmodai
Set women in his eye, and in his walk,
more like) Hesiod Op. et Di. 62.
αθανάταις δε θεαϊς εις ώπα είσκειν
Παρθενικής καλόν είδος επήρατον. . 162 tangled] Miltoni Eleg. i. 60.
• Aurea quæ fallax retia tendit amor.' and P. L. xi, 585. Dunster. 166 credulous] Hor. Od. iv. i. 30.
Spes animi credula mutui.' Newton. 168 magnetic] Mids. N. Dream, act ii. sc. 2.
You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant,
To whom quick answer Satan thus return'd. Belial, in much uneven scale thou weigh’st All others by thyself; because of old Thou thy self doat’dst on woman-kind, admiring 175 Their shape, their colour, and attractive grace, None are, thou think'st, but taken with such toys. Before the flood thou with thy lusty crew, False titled sons of God, roaming the earth, Cast wanton eyes on the daughters of men, And coupled with them, and begot a race. Have we not seen, or by relation heard, In courts and regal chambers how thou lurk’st, In wood or grove by mossy fountain side, In valley or green meadow, to way-lay Some beauty rare, Calisto, Clymene, Daphne, or Semele, Antiopa, Or Amymone, Syrinx, many more Too long, then lay'st thy scapes on names ador’d, Apollo, Neptune, Jupiter, or Pan,
190 Satyr, or fawn, or sylvan? but these haunts Delight not all; among the sons of men, How many
have with a smile made small account Of beauty and her lures, easily scorn'd All her assaults, on worthier things intent? Remember that Pellean conqueror, A youth, how all the beauties of the east
184 mossy] Virg. Ecl. vii. 45. Muscosi fontes.' Dunster.
• Where's Nimrod now, and dreadful Hannibal ?
He slightly view'd, and slightly overpass'd;
find, Though of this age the wonder and the fame, On whom his leisure will vouchsafe an eye Of fond desire ? or should she confident, As sitting queen ador'd on beauty's throne, Descend with all her winning charms begirt To enamour, as the zone of Venus once Wrought that effect on Jove, so fables tell ; How would one look from his majestick brow, Seated as on the top of virtue's bill, Discount'nance her despis’d, and put to rout All her array ; her female pride deject, Or turn to reverent awe! for beauty stands In the admiration only of weak minds Led captive. Cease to admire, and all her plumes Fall flat and shrink into a trivial toy,
204 bait] Spens. F. Q. v. viii. 1.
• Beauty's lovely bait. Dunster. 216 majestick brow] Milton's Prose Works (of Reformation) by Symmons, vol. i. p. 54. “And buy and sell the awful, and majestick wrinkles of her brow.'