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To gratulate the sweet return of morn;
450 Fair morning yet betides thee, Son of God,
gil, where Neptune is represented 430. And grisly Spectres,] Very with his trident laying the storm injudicious to retain this popular which Æolus had raised, ver. 142. fuperftition in this place.
Warburton. Sic ait, et dicto citius tumida æquora placat,
432. And now the fun &c] There Collectasque fugat nubes, folem is in this description all the bloom
of Milton's youthful fancy. See que reducit.
an evening scene of the same kind There is the greater beauty in the in the Paradise Loft. II. 488. English poet, as the scene he is describing under, this charming
As when from mountain tops
&c. figure is perfectly consistent with the course of nature, nothing being 435. Who all things now behold) more common than to see a stormy Doth not the fyntax require, that night succeeded by a pleasant fe
a pleasant se. we should rather read rene morning Thyer, Who all things now beheld?
After a dismal night; I heard the wrack ,
aid To win thy destin'd seat, but wilt prolong All to the push of fate, pursue thy way 470
453. As earth and sky would
mingle ; ] Virgil Æn. I. 137. Jam cælum terramque, meo fine
Miscere, et tantas audetis tollere
moles ? Richardson. 455. As dang’rous to the pillar'd
frame of Heav'n,] So also in the Mask
Of gaining David's throne no man knows when,
be beft. If thou observe not this, be sure to find, What I foretold thee, many a hard assay Of dangers, and adversities, and pains, Ere thou of Israel's scepter get fast hold; 480 Whereof this ominous night that clos'd thee round, So many terrors, voices, prodigies May warn thee, as a sure fore-going sign.
So talk'd he while the Son of God went on And stay'd not, but in brief him answer'd thus. 485
Me worse than wet thou find'st not; other harm Those terrors which thou speak’st of, did me none; I never fear’d they could, though noising loud And threatning nigh; what they can do as figns
if this fail,
tremble, and are astonish'd at his reThe pillar'd firmament is rotten- proof: Thyer. ness.
467. Did I not tell thee, &c] In both, no doubt, alluding to Job This sentence is dark and perXXVI. 11. The pillars of Heaven plex'd, having no proper exit.
Betokening, or ill boding, I contemn
490 As false portents, not fent from God, but thee Who knowing I shall reign past thy preventing, Obtrud'st thy offer'd aid, that I accepting At least might seem to hold all pow'r of thee, Ambitious Spi'rit, and wouldst be thought my God, And storm'st refus’d, thinking to terrify
496 Me to thy will ; desist, thou art difcern'd And toil'st in vain, nor me in vain molest.
To whom the Fiend now swoln with rage reply'd. Then hear, O Son of David, Virgin-born; 500 For Son of God to me is yet in doubt : Of the Meffiah I have heard foretold By all the Prophets ; of thy birth at length Announc'd by Gabriel with the first I knew, And of th' angelic fong in Bethlehem field,
505 On thy birth-night, that fung thee Saviour born. From that time seldom have I ceas'd to eye
*501. For Son of God to me is yet briel told the blessed woman (Luke
in doubt:] The Tempter had I. 35. The Holy Ghost fall come upon heard Chrift declar'd to be Son of thee, and the power of the Highest God by a voice from Heaven. He shall overshadow thee; therefore also allows him to be virgin-born. He that holy thing which shall be born hath no fcruples about the annun- of thee shall be called the Son of God,) ciation, and the truth of what Ga- and yet he doubts of his being the
Thy infancy, thy childhood, and thy youth,
Son of God notwithstanding. This relates to what he was more than is easily accounted for. On the mar, worth calling Son of God, that terms of the annunciation Christ is worthy to be called Son of God might be the Son of God in a sense in that high and proper sense, in very particular, and yet a mere which his son ship would infer his man as to his nature : but the doubt divinity, Calton.
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