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To whom thus Michael. These are the product Of those ill mated marriages thou saw'st; Where good with bad were match'd, who of them
selves Abhor to join ; and by imprudence mixd Produce prodigious births of body or mind. Such were these giants, men of high renown; For in those days, might only shall be admir’d, And valour and heroic virtue call’d: To overcome in battle, and subdue Nations, and bring home spoils with infinite Manslaughter, shall be held the highest pitch Of human glory, and for glory done Of triumph to be styld great conquerors, Patrons of mankind, gods, and sons of gods, Destroyers rightlier call’d and plagues of men. Thus fame shall be achiev’d, renown on earth, And what most merits fame in silence hid. But he, the seventh from thee, whom thou beheld'st The only righteous in a world perverse, And therefore hated, therefore so beset With foes for daring single to be just, And utter odious truth, that God would come To judge them with his saints; him the most High
694 done] This is considered a very difficult passage. Bentley changed. done' into 'won,' and of triumph,' into or triumph.' I understand it thus: “To overcome in battle, and bring home spoils, shall be held the highest pitch of glory; and for the glory obtained, it shall be highest pitch of triumph to be styled conquerors,' &c. but the distinction between "glory' and triumph' does not seem sufficiently strong, and to do glory' is a harsh expression.
Wrapt in a balmy cloud with winged steeds
He look’d, and saw the face of things quite chang'd;
711 Which] The syntax is remarkable, ' which' governed not by the verb next following, but by the last in the sentence.
• Which, now direct thine eyes, and soon behold. Newton. 719 sire) See Brathwait's Honest Ghost, p. 128. reverend sire.'
723 Triumphs] Revels, 713, 780, 788. Bentl. MS
Smear’d round with pitch, and in the side a door
amain : and now the thicken’d sky
743 ceiling] Drummond in his Shadow of Judgment.
• The cieling of the crystal round above.' Todd. 752 stabled] See Lisle’s Du Bartas, p. 169, “ Nor stablest once thy team,' and Casimiri Sarb. Carm. Lib. iv. c. xxvii.
“Quies, modo liberi,
All left, in one small bottom swum imbark’d.
O visions ill foreseen! better had I
778 Famine] So Ovid Met. i. 311.
• Maximus pars unda rapitur, quibus unda pepercit
Illos longa domant inopi jejunia victu.' Newton. VOL. II.
When violence was ceas'd, and war on earth,
saw'st In triumph and luxurious wealth, are they First seen in acts of prowess eminent And great exploits, but of true virtue void ; Who having spill'd much blood, and done much waste, Subduing nations, and achiev'd thereby Fame in the world, high titles, and rich prey, Shall change their course to pleasure, ease, and sloth, Surfeit, and lust, till wantonness and pride Raise out of friendship hostile deeds in peace. The conquer'd also and enslav’d by war Shall with their freedom lost, all virtue lose And fear of God, from whom their piety feign'd In sharp contest of battle found no aid Against invaders; therefore cool'd in zeal Thenceforth shall practise how to live secure, Worldly, or dissolute, on what their lords Shall leave them to enjoy; for th’ earth shall bear More than enough, that temperance may be try'd: So all shall turn degenerate, all deprav’d, Justice and temperance, truth and faith forgot ;