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A kingdom they portend thee, but what kingdom,
So fay'ing he took (for still he knew his
'Gan thunder, and both ends of Heav'n, the clouds &c.
It thunder'd from both tropics,
Privatión mere of light and absent day.
From dews and damps of night his shelter'd head,
ρίτερα δε τα κατα τον χειμερινον.
'Gan thunder, and both ends of Heav'n, the clouds From many a horrid rift abortive pour'd Fierce ran with lightning mix'd, water with fire . In ruin reconcil'd: nor flept the winds Within their ftony caves, but rush'd abroad From the four hinges of the world, and fell On the vex'd wilderness, whose tallest pines,
ferving Milton's own punctuation,
415. From the four hinges of the
world,] That is from the four cardinal points, the word cardines fignifying both the one and the other. This, as was obferved before, is a poetical tempeft like that in Virgil. Æn. I. 85.
Unà Eurufque Notufque ruunt,
water with fire In ruin reconcil'd:] That is, joining together to do hurt. Warburton. And as Mr. Thyer adds, tho' fuch
Though rooted deep as high, and sturdieft oaks
ftorms are unknown to us in these parts of the world, yet the accounts we have of hurricanes in the Indies agree pretty much with them.
417. Though rooted deep as high,] Virgil Georg. II. 291. Æn. IV.
quantum vertice ad auras thereas, tantum radice in Tartara tendit. Richardson.
・yet only food' ft Unfhaken; &c.] Milton feems to have raised this fcene out of what he found in Eufebius de Dem. Evan. Lib. 9. Vol. 2. p. 434. Ed. Col.] The learned father obferves, that Chrift was tempted forty days and the fame number of nights Kai Tep μspais τεσσαρακοντα, και τρις τοσαυταις νυξιν επειράζετο. And to thefe night temptations he applies what is faid in the 91ft Pfalm, v. 5. and 6. Ου φοβηθήση απο φο6ε νυκλεζινε, Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night, ATо @gayμat E OHOTEL Siaπogevoμerov, nor for the
danger that walketh in darkness. The first is thus paraphras'd in the Targum, (tho' with a meaning very different from Eufebius's) Non timebis à timore Dæmonum qui ambulant in nocte. The Fiends furround our Redeemer with their threats and terrors; but they have no effect.
Infernal ghofts, and Hellish furies, round Environ'd thee, This too is from Eufebius, [ibid. p. 435.] Επειπες εν τῷ πειράζειν δυναμεις ποιηςαι εκυκλων αυτον quoniam dum tentabatur, malignæ poteftates illum circumftabant. And their repulfe, it feems, is predicted in the 7th verfe of this Pfalm: A thousand shall fall befide thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee. Calton. 422. Infernal ghosts, &c.] This taken from the legend or the pictures of St. Anthony's temptation. Warburton. This defcription is taken from a print which I have feen of the temptation of St. Anthony. Fortin. 426.-till
Some bent at thee their fiery darts, while thou
426. till morning fair Came forth &c] As there is a ftorm raised by evil Spirits in Taffo as well as in Milton, fo a fine morning fucceeds after the one as well as after the other. See Taffo Cant. 8. St. 1. But there the morning comes with a forehead of rofe, and with a foot of gold; con la fronte di rofe, e co' piè d'oro; here with pilgrim fteps in amice gray, as Milton describes her progrefs more leifurely, firft the gray morning, and afterwards the fun rifing: with pilgrim fteps, with the flow folemn pace of a pilgrim on a journey of
devotion; in amice gray, in gray cloathing; amice, a proper and fignificant word, derived from the Latin amicio to clothe, and used by Spenfer, Faery Queen. B. 1. Cant. 4. St. 18.
Array'd in habit black, and amice thin,
Like to an holy monk, the fervice to begin.
428. Who with her radiant finger ftill'd the roar
Of thunder, chas'd the clouds, &c] This is a very pretty imitation of a paffage in the firft Eneid of Vir