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Not Spirits, yet to heav'nly Spirits bright
is usually made upon the verb, to and from hence our author seems mark the action more strongly to to have borrow'd his metaphor of the reader.
the scales of Heaven, weighing
night and day, the one ascending 352. Or bedward ruminating :] as the other únks. Chewing the cud before they go to relt. Hume.
357. Scarce thus at length faild
speech recover'd fad.] Tho' 354. To tb ocean iles,] The ilands Satan came in queft of Adam and in the western ocean ; for that the Eve. yet he is ftruck with such fun set in the sea, and rose out of astonishment at the sight of them, it again, was an ancient poetic no- that it is a long time before he tion, and is become part of the can recover his speech, and break phraseology of poetry. And in forth into this soliloquy : and at tb' afcending scale of Heav'n, The the same time this dumb admirabalance of Heaven or Libra is one tion of Satan gives the poet the of the twelve figns, and when the better opportunity of inlarging his fun is in that sign, as he is at the description of them. This is very autumnal equinox, the days and beautiful. nights are equal, as if weigh'd in 2 balance :
362. Little inferior;] For this
there is the authority of Scripture, Libra diei fomnique pares ubi fe. Thou haft made him a littler lower cerit horas :
than the Angels, Psal. VIII. 5. Heb. Virg. Gcorg. I. 208. II. 7. Dd4
Long to continue, and this high seat your Heaven
And 389. —- yet public reason just, &c.] 395. Then from his lofty stand on Public reason compels me, and that that high tree &c.] The tree public reason is honor and empire of life, higher than the reft, where inlarg'd with revenge, by con- he had been perching all this while quering this new world. And thus from ver. 196. And then for the Satan is made to plead public reason transformations which follow, what jufi, and nicelsity to excuse his de- changes in Ovid's Metamorphofis vilish der 's ; the tyrant's plea, as the are so natural, and yet so surprifing poet calls it, probably with a view as these? He is well likend to to his own times, and particularly the fiercest beasts, the lion and the to the plea for ship-money. tiger, and Adam and Eve in their
And should I at your harmlefs innocence. . .
So spake the Fiend, and with necessity,
Strait native innocence to two gentle did not do it for want of attention. fawns.
and that it was not merely the ef.
fect of his blindness. See instances 400. To mark what of their fate of it in my note on III. 147. and be more might learn
we have another following here, By word or action mark’d:) Tho'ver. 405. the poet uses mark and mark'd too, yet such repetitions of the same Strait couches close, then rising word are common with him; so
him; 10 changes oft common that we may suppose he His couchant watch. Pearce.
Strait couches close, then rising changes oft 405
Sole partner, and sole part, of all these joys,
Ought 410. Turn'd him all ear &c.] A Sole partner, and fole part, of all pretty expression borrow'd from the these joys, Latin,
So the passage ought to be read Totum te cupias, Fabulle, nasum. (I think) with a comma after part;
Bentley. and of here signifies among. The So in the Malk, I was all ear. sense is, among all these joys Thou
Richardson. alone art my partner, and (what is 411. Sple partner, &c. 1 The more) Thou alone art part of me, Ipeeches of these two first lovers as in ver. 487. how equally from passion and sin- Part of my soul I seek thee, and cerity. The professions they make to one another are full of warmth, My other half. but at the same time founded upon truth. In a word they are the gal. Of in Milton frequently fignifies Jantries of Paradise. Addison. among. The want of observing
Ought whereof he hath need, he who requires
this made Dr. Bentley read beft thou eates thereof, thou shalt surely part for fole part, thinking that sole die. And in like manner when part is a contradiction, and so it is Adam says afterwards as he understands of here, to be
dominion given the mark of the genitive case go Over all other creatures that pollefs yern'd of part. Pearce.
Earth, air, and fea, 421. This one, this easy charge, &c.] It was very natural for Adam it is taken from the divine commil. to discourse of this, and this was fion, Gen. I. 28. Have dominion what Satan wanted more particu- over the fish of the sea, and over the larly to learn; and it is express d fowl of the air, and over every live from God's command, Gen. II. ing thing that moveth upon the earth. 16, 17. Of every tree of the garden These things are so evident, that it thou mayef freely eat; but of the tree is almost superfluous to mention of knowledge of good and evil, thou them. If we take notice of them, balt not cat of it, for in the day that it is that every reader may be sen