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To gratulate the fweet return of morn;
yet amidst this joy and brightest morn
And in a careless mood thus to him faid.
Fair morning yet betides thee, Son of God,
gil, where Neptune is reprefented with his trident laying the ftorm which Æolus had raised, ver. 142.
Sic ait, et dicto citius tumida æquora placat,
430. And grilly Spe&res,] Very injudicious to retain this popular fuperftition in this place.
Warburton. 432. And now the fun &c] There
Collectafque fugat nubes, folem- is in this defcription all the bloom of Milton's youthful fancy. See an evening scene of the fame kind in the Paradife Loft. II. 488.
There is the greater beauty in the English poet, as the fcene he is defcribing under this charming figure is perfectly confiftent with the courfe of nature, nothing being more common than to fee a ftormy night fucceeded by a pleafant ferene morning,
After a difinal night; I heard the wrack,
And harmless, if not wholesome, as a fneeze
Yet as being oft times noxious where they light 460
Over whofe heads they roar, and feem to point,
This tempeft at this desert most was bent;
453. As earth and Sky would mingle] Virgil Æn. I. 137.
Jam cælum terramque, meo fine numine, venti,
Of gaining David's throne no man knows when,
The time and means: each act is rightlieft done, 475
May warn thee, as a fure fore-going fign.
So talk'd he while the Son of God went on And stay'd not, but in brief him answer'd thus.
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 noifing loud And threatning nigh; what they can do as figns
if this fail, The pillar'd firmament is rotten
nefs. In both, no doubt, alluding to Job XXVI. 11. The pillars of Heaven
tremble, and are aftonish'd at his re-
467. Did I not tell thee, &c] This fentence is dark and perplex'd, having no proper exit.
Betokening, or ill boding, I contemn
As falfe portents, not fent from God, but thee
Me to thy will; defift, thou art difcern'd
And toil'ft in vain, nor me in vain moleft.
To whom the Fiend now fwoln with rage reply'd.
Then hear, O Son of David, Virgin-born;
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
And of th' angelic fong in Bethlehem field,
On thy birth-night, that fung thee Saviour born.
"501. For Son of God to me is yet in doubt:] The Tempter had heard Chrift declar'd to be Son of God by a voice from Heaven. He allows him to be virgin-born. He hath no fcruples about the annunciation, and the truth of what Ga
briel told the bleffed woman (Luke I. 35. The Holy Ghoft fhall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest fall overshadow thee; therefore allo that holy thing which shall be born of thee fhall be called the Son of God,) and yet he doubts of his being the
Thy infancy, thy childhood, and thy youth,
Flock to the Baptift, I among the rest,
Though not to be baptiz'd, by voice from Heaven
And if I was, I am; relation ftands;
All men are Sons of God; yet thee I thought 520 In some respect far higher so declar'd.
Therefore I watch'd thy footsteps from that hour,
And follow'd thee ftill on to this waste wild;
Where by all beft conjectures I collect
Son of God notwithstanding. This is eafily accounted for. On the terms of the annunciation Chrift might be the Son of God in a fenfe very particular, and yet a mere man as to his nature: but the doubt