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HAIL, native language, that by sinews weak Didst move my first endeavouring tongue to speak, And mad'st imperfect words with childish trips, Half unpronounc'd, slide through my infant lips, Driving dumb Silence from the portal door, Where he had mutely sat two years before: Here I salute thee, and thy pardon ask, That now I use thee in my latter task : Small loss it is that thence can come unto thee, I know my tongue but little grace can do thee: Thou need'st not be ambitious to be first, Believe me I have thither pack'd the worst: And, if it happen as I did forecast to dointies: äishes hail borod up last. I pray thee then deny me not thy aid For this same small neglect that I have made: But haste thee straight to do me once a pleasure, And from thy wardrobe bring thy chiefest treasure, Not those new fangled toys, and olish: Which takes our late fantastics with delight, 20 But cull those richestrobes, and gay'st attire Which deepest spirits, and choicest wits desire: I have some naked thoughts that rove about, And loudly knock to have their passage out; And weary of their §: do only stay Till thou hast deck'd them in thy best array; That so they may without suspect or fears Fly swiftly to this fair assembly's ears. Yet I had rather, if I were to choose, Thy service in some graver subject use, Such as may make thee search thy coffers round, Before thou clothe my fancy in fit sound : Such where the deep transported mind may soar Above the wheeling poles, and at Heaven's door Look in, and see each blissful Deity How he before the thunderous throne doth lie, List'ning to what unshorn Apollo .#. To th' touch of golden wires, while Hebe brings Immortal mectar to her kingly sire: Then passing thro' the o of watchful fire, 40 And misty regions of wide air next under And hills of snow, and lofts of jounder, May tell at length how green-ey'd Neptune raves, In Heaven's defiance mustering all his waves;, Then sing of secret things that came to pass 45 When §§ Nature in her cradle was; And last of kings and queens and heroes old, Such as the wise Demódocus once told In solemn songs at king Alcinus’ feast, | While sad Ulysses' soul and all the rest

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Are held with his melodious harmony
In willing chains and sweet o:
But fie, my wand'ring Muse, how thou dost stray!
Expectance calls thee now another way;
Thou know'st it must be now thy only bent 55
To keep in compass' of thy predicament:
Then quick about thy purpos'd business come,
That to the next I may resign my room.

Then Ens is represented as Father of the Predicaonents his two Sons, whereof the eldest stood for Substance nith his Canons, nihich Ens thus speaking explains.

Good luck befriend thee, Son; for at thy birth The fairy ladies danc'd upon the hearth; 60 Thy drowsy nurse hath sworn she did them spy Come tripping to the room where thou didst sie, And, sweetly singing round about thy bed, Strow all their blessings on thy sleeping head. She heard them give e this, that thou shouldst

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From eyes of mortals walk invisible:
Yet there is something that doth force my fear,
For once it was my dismal hap to hear
A Sibyl old, bow-bent with crooked age,
That far events full wisely could presage,
And in time's long and dark prospective glass
Foresaw what future days should bring to pass:
Your son, said she, (nor can you it prevent)
Shall subject be to many an accident."
O'er all his brethren he shall reign as king,
Yet every one shall make him underling,
And those that cannot live from him asunder
Ungratefully shall strive to keep him under,
In worth and excellence she shall out-go them,
Yet being above them, he shall be below them; 80
From others he shall stand in need of nothing,
Yet on his brothers shall depend for clothing.
To find a foe it shall not be his hap,
And Peace shall lull him in her flowery lap;
Yet shall he live in strife, and at his door
Devouring War shall never cease to roar:
Yea, it shall be his natural propert -
To harbour those that are at enmity.
What power, what force, what . spell, if not
Your learned hands, can loose this Gordian knot?90

The next Quantity and Quality spoke in Prose; then lation rvas called by his Name.

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But he her fears to cease

Sent down the meek-ey'd Peace;
She, crown'd with olive green, came softly-sliding

Down through the turning sphere

His ready harbinger,
With turtle wing the amorous clouds dividing, 50

And waving wide her myrtle wand,

She •uise, a o peace through sea and

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No war, or battle's sound
Was heard the world around:
The idle spear and shield were high up hung;55
The hooked chariot stood
Unstain'd with hostile blood;
The trumpet spake not to the armed throng;
And kings sat still with awful eye,
As if they surely knew their sov’reign Lord was by.

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Whisp'ring new joys to the mild ocean; Who now hath quite forgot to rave, While birds of calm sit brooding on the charmed wawe,

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The stars, with deep amaze, -
Stand fix'd in steadfast gaze, 70
Bending one way their precious influence,
And will not take their flight,
For all the morning light,
Or Lucifer that often warm'd them thence;

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Befriend me, Night, best patroness of grief;
Over the pole thy thickest mantle throw,
And work my flatter'd fancy to belief,
That Heaven and Earth are colour'd with my woe;
My sorrows are too dark for day to know :
he leaves should all be black whereon I write,
And letters, where my tears have wash'd, a wan.
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VI.
§ee, see the chariot, and those rushing wheels,
That whirl'd the Prophet up at Chebar flood;
My spirit some transporting Cherub feels,
To bear me where the towers of Salem stood,
Once glorious towers, now sunk in guilties biood:

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Which is no more than what is false and vain, 5

And merely mortal dross;
So little is our loss,
So little is thy gain!
For when as each thing bad thou hast intomb'd,
And last of all thy greedy self consum’d, 10
Then long Eternity shall greet our bliss
With an individual kiss;
And Joy shall overtake us as a flood,
When everything that is sincerely good
And perfectly divine, 15
With Truth, and Peace, and Love, shall evershine
About the supreme throne
Qf Him, to' whose happy-making sight alone
When once our heavenly guided soul shall climb;
Then, all this earthly grossness quit, 20
Attir'd with stars, we shall for ever sit,
Triumphing over Death, and Chance, and thee
O'Time!

UPON THE CIRCUMCISION.

YE flaming Powers, and winged Warriors bright,
That erst with music, and triumphant song,
First heard by happy, watchful shepherds' ear,
So sweetly sung your joy the clouds along
Through the soft silence of the list'ning night; 5
Now mourn; and, if sad share with us to bear
Your fiery essence can distil no tear,
Burn in your sighs, and borrow
Seas wept from our deep sorrow :
He, who with all Heaven's heraldry whilere 10
Enter'd the world, now bleeds to give us ease;
Alas, how soon our sin

Sore doth begin

His infancy to seize!

Q more exceeding love, or law more just? 15
Just law injit more exceeding love!
For we, by rightful doom remediless,
Were lost in death, till he, that dwelt above
High thron'd in secret bliss, for us frail dust

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* In these poems where no date is prefixed, and no circumstances direct to ascertain the time when they were composed, the order of Milton's own editions is followed. Before this copy of verses, it appears from the author's manuscript, that he had

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BI.ESSD pair of Syrens, pledges of Heaven's joy,
Sphere-born, harmonious sisters, Voice and verse,
Wed Your divine sounds, and mix'd power employ
Dead things with inbreath'd sense able to pierce;
And to our high-rais'd phantasy present
That undisturbed song of pure concent
Aye sung before the sapphire-colour'd throne,
To him that sits thereon,
With saintly shout, and solemn jubilee,
Where the bright Śēraphim, in burning row,
Their loud, up-lifted angel-trumpets blow:
And the cherubic host, in thousand quires,
Touch their immortal harps of golden wires,
With those just Spirits that wear victorious palms,
Hymns devout and holy psalms 15
Singing everlastingly :
That we on earth, with undiscording voice,
May rightly answer that melodious noise:
As once we did; till disproportion'd sin
Jarr'd against Nature's chime, and with harsh din
Broke the fair music that all creatures made 21
To their great Lord, whose love their motionsway’d
In perfect diapason, whilst they stood
In first obedience, and their state of good.
Q, may we soon again renew that song, 25
And keep in tune with Heaven, till God, ere long,
To his celestial concert us unité,
To live with him, and sing in endless morn of light :

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AN EPITAPHON THE MARCHIONESS OF WINCHESTER."

THIS rich marble doth inter
The honour'd wife of Winchester,
4 Wiscount's daughter, an Earl's heir,
Besides what her virtues fair
Added to her noble birth,
More than she could own from earth.
Summers three times eight save one
She had told, alas! too soon,
After so short time of breath,
To house with darkness, and with death.
Yet had the number of her days
Been as complete as was her praise,
Nature and Fate had had no strife
In ving limit to her life.
er #. birth, and her graces sweet,

uickly found a lover meet;

he virgin quire for her request
The God that sits at marriage feast;
He at their invoking came,
But with a scarce well-lighted flame;
And in his garland, as he stood,
Ye might discern a cypress bud.
Once had the early matrons run
To ther of a sovely son,

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Devoted to thy virtuous name;

And now with second hope she goes,
And calls Lucina to her throes;
But, whether by mischance or blame,
'Atropos for Lucina came;
And, with remorseless cruelty,

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The hapless babe, before his birth,
Had burial, yet not laid in earth :
And the languish'd mother's woob
Was not long a living tomb,
So, have I seen some tender slip,
Sav'd with care from winter's nip;
The pride of her carnation train
Pluck'd up by some unheedy swain,
Who only thought to crop the flower
New shot up from vernal shower;
But the fair blossom hangs the head
Side-ways, as on a dying bed,
And those pearls of dew, she wears,
Prove to be presaging tears,
Which the sad morn had let fall
On her hast'ning funeral.
Gentle Lady, may thy grave
Peace and quiet ever have;
After this thy travail sore
Sweet rest seize thee evermore,
That to give the world increaso,
Shorten’d hast thy own life's lease.
Here, besides the sorrowing
That thy noble house doth bring,
Here be tears of perfect moan
X." for thee in Helicon;
And some slowers, and some bays
For thy hearse, to strew the ways,
Sent thee from the banks of Came,

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- - Go Whilst thou, bright Saint, high sitt'st in glory, Next her, much like to thee in story, That fair Syrian shepherdess, Who, after years of barrenness, The highly favour'd Joseph bore To him that serv'd for her before, And at her next birth, much like thee, Through pangs fled to felicity, Far within the bosom bright Qf blazing Majesty and Light: There with thee, new welcome Saint, Like fortunes may her soul acquaint, With thee there clad in radiant sheen, No Marchioness, but now a queen.

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ON THE UNIVERSITY CARRIER, Who sickened in the time of his vacancy; bein to go to London, by reason of the plague.

HERE lies old Hobson; Death hath broke his girt, And here, alas ! hath laid him in the dirt;

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* We have the following account of this extraordimary man in the Spectator, No. 509, “Mr. Tobias

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