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LYCIDAS.

There entertain him all the saints above,
In solemn troops, and sweet societies,
That sing, and singing in their glory move,

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And wipe the tears for ever from his eyes. XXV & Rev TIL 17.
Now, Lycidas, the shepherds weep no more;
Henceforth thou art the Genius of the shore,
In thy large recompense, and shalt be good
To all that wander in that perilous flood.
Thus sang the uncouth swain to th' oaks and Las & lines for
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While the still morn went out with sandals gray,

He touch'd the tender stops of various quills,

Stanza.

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With eager thought warbling his Doric lay;vurity & Mod

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And now the sun had stretch'd out all the hills,
And now was dropt into the western bay;

At last he rose,

and twitch'd his mantle blue:

To-morrow to fresh woods, and pastures new.
"Umur kel is Voteger

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190 See Past. Ægl. on Sir P. Sidney's death, by L. B. ver. 159.

The sun,

lo! hastned hath his face to steep

In western waves; and th' aire with stormy showres,
Warnes us to drive homewards our silly sheep:
Lycon, lett's rise -

193 To-morrow] Fletcher's P. Island, c. vi. s. 77.

the Fellows

To-morrow shall ye feast in pastures new Warton.

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Milton does not set himself to tell in what rural objects are like, but indicates them by then bewrich bearing on the life hired among them by toy studions youth Town & Country are but acenery on the mood of Mark Part. the huimas arent. Description melts ind emotion Contemplation home, itself in intern

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IL PENSEROSO.

HENCE, vain deluding joys,

The brood of folly without father bred,
How little you bestead, advantage, help
Or fill the fixed mind with all your toys?
Dwell in some idle brain,

And fancies fond with gaudy shapes possess,
As thick and numberless

As the gay motes that people the sunbeams,
Or likest hovering dreams

The fickle pensioners of Morpheus' train.
But hail thou Goddess, sage and holy,
Hail divinest Melancholy,

Whose saintly visage is too bright

To hit the sense of human sight,

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O'erlaid with black, staid wisdom's hue;
Black, but such as in esteem

Prince Memnon's sister might beseem,
Or that starr'd Ethiop queen that strove
To set her beauty's praise above

The Sea-Nymphs, and their pow'rs offended :
Yet thou art higher far descended;

13 too bright] Hor. Od. i. xix. 5.
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19 Ethiop] 'Noctem Æthiopissam.' Miltoni Prolus. p. 73.

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10 Queen Urizarbett, had for her grand a select jucad of handsome pentlemen called pensioners

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36 Wirensen days of part of a great man he did it with and any indecency notwithstanding the want of custom.

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Thee bright-hair'd Vesta, long of yore,
To solitary Saturn bore;

His daughter she (in Saturn's reign,
Such mixture was not held a stain).
Oft in glimmering bow'rs and glades
He met her, and in secret shades
Of woody Ida's inmost grove,
While yet there was no fear of Jove.
Come, pensive Nun, devout and pure,

Sober, steadfast, and demure,

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Flowing with majestic train,

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And sable stole of cyprus lawn, cape
Over thy decent shoulders drawn.
Come, but keep thy wonted state,
With even step, and musing gait,
And looks commèrcing with the skies,
Thy rapt soul sitting in thine eyes:
There held in holy passion still,

Forget thyself to marble, till

With a sad leaden downward cast

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And join with thee calm Peace, and Quiet,poler, dures cunt way
Spare Fast, that oft with Gods doth diet, note top off. 127
And hears the Muses in a ring

Aye round about Joye's altar sing: ve emphatre & note fost
it apports, not a busine
Twelf
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3 cyprus] Winter's Tale, act iv. sc. 3. que; a five curled linen crich.

· Cyprus black as e'er was crow.' Warton.

37 keep] State in wonted manner keep.' Jonson's Cynth. Rev. act v. s. 6. Warton

43 of Epitaph. Damires 79

Saturni prave socpe fint pastoribus actrum
Intimaque Boliquo frigt praecordia plumbo,
Roman mation, reached down to intelle

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a little bird

Wuch as she fain from chore to shore would fly
For lest herself in the broad vasty
sky

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IL PENSEROSO.

And add to these retired Leisure,
That in trim gardens takes his pleasure;
But first, and chiefest, with thee bring,
Him that yon soars on golden wing,
Guiding the fiery-wheeled throne,
The Cherub Contemplation;
Ana the mute Silence hist along,
'Less Philomel will deign a song,
In her sweetest, saddest plight,
Smoothing the rugged brow of night,

3022. 58 While Cynthia checks her dragon
Gently o'er th' accustom'd oak;

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only Ceres had yoke, a dragon-woke rano drive on Lavi

Sweet bird, that shunn'st the noise of folly, of white top
Most musical, most melancholy!

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Thee, chauntress, oft the woods among

I woo, to hear thy even-song;

ant the And missing thee, I walk unseen On the dry smooth-shaven green, To behold the wandering moon, of

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rare errentem unan Den I 742 (vry) vaya luna Horace

Riding near her highest noon,
Like one that had been led astray
Through the heav'n's wide pathless way;
And oft, as if her head she bow'd,
Stooping through a fleecy cloud.
Oft on a plat of rising ground,
I hear the far-off curfew sound,

59 Smoothing] Shakesp. Sonnets,

39 checks] Todd's Milton, vol. vi. p. 323.

6e Riding] Eurip. Suppl. 992. ἱππέουσι δι ̓ ὀρφναιας.

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46 "High actions is high passions & describing Por Ry II 266 Tractate of Education: Attic trojedes optatable & most regal afumery

IL PENSEROSO.

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This Acter apees to far with thefil as it is an imitation Over some wide-water'd shore, great character, & actions Swinging slow with sullen roar;

Or if the air will not permit,
Some still removed place will fit,

Where glowing embers through the room
Teach light to counterfeit a gloom;

Far from all resort of mirth,

Save the cricket on the hearth,

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The singing of the hall
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off

Or the bellman's drowsy charm,
To bless the doors from nightly harm:

Or let my lamp at midnight hour

Be seen in some high lonely tow'r,

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Where I may oft out-watch the Bear, den freak, as the bear

With thrice-great Hermes, or unsphere

The spirit of Plato, to unfold

never wel

What worlds, or what vast regions hold

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The immortal mind, that hath forsook Re

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Her mansion in this fleshly nook:

And of those Demons that are found

In fire, air, flood, or under ground, OR. I121

Whose power hath a true consent
With planet, or with element.
Sometime let gorgeous tragedy
In sceptred pall come sweeping by,
Presenting Thebes, or Pelops' line,
Or the tale of Troy divine,

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75 wide-water'd] Constable's Son. Ellis's Spec. ii. p. 305.
'Or like the echo of a passing bell,

Which, sounding on the water, seems to howl.'

98 Sceptred] Miltoni Eleg. i. 37. p 257

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Quassat.'

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Warton.

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