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That saw the troubled Sea, and shivering Aled,
And sought to hide his froth becurled head
Low in the earth, Jordans clear streams recoil,
As a faint Host that hath receiv'd the foil.
The high, huge-bellied Mountains skip like Rams
Amongst their Ews, the little Hills like Lambs.
Why fled the Ocean? And why skipt the Moun-
tains ?

(tains ?
Why turned Yordan toward his Chrystal Foun-
Shake earth, and at the presence be agast
Of him that ever was, and ay shall last,
That glaffy flouds from rugged rocks can crush,
And make soft rills from fiery flint-stones gush.

PSAL. CXXXVI.

ET us with a gladsom mind
Praise the Lord, for he is kind

For his mercies
Ever faithfull, ever sure.

ay endure,

Let us blaze his Name abroad,
For of gods he is the God;

For his, &c.

O let us his praises tell,
Who doth the wrathfull tyrants quell.

For his, &c.

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Who with his miracles doth make
Amazed Heav'n and Earth to shake.

For his, &c.

Who by his wisdom did create
The painted Heav'ns so full of state.

For his, &c.

Who did the solid Earth ordain
To rise above the watry plain.

For his, &c.

20

Who by his all-commanding might,
Did fill the new-made world with light.

For his, &c.

30

And caus'd the Golden-tressed Sun,
All the day long his course to run.

For his, &c.
The horned Moon to shine by night,
Amongst her spangled sisters bright.

For his, &c.

He with his thunder-clasping hand,
Smote the first-born of Egypt Land.

For his, &c.

40

And in despight of Pharao fell,
He brought from thence his Ifrael.

For, &c.

The ruddy waves he cleft in twain,
Of the Erythræan main.

For, &c.

The flouds stood still like Walls of Glass,
While the Hebrew Bands did pass.

For, &c.

50

But full soon they did devour
The Tawny King with all his power.

For, &c.

His chosen people he did bless
In the wastfull Wilderness.

For, &c.

60

In bloudy battel he brought down
Kings of prowess and renown.

For, &c.

He foild bold Seon and his hoft
That ruld the Amorrean coast.

For, &c.

And large-limb’d Og he did subdue,
With all his over-hardy crew.

For, &c.

70

And to his Servant Ifrael,
He gave their Land therein to dwell.

For, &c.

He hath with a piteous eye
Beheld us in our misery.

For, &c.

80

And freed us from the slavery
Of the invading enemy.

For, &c.

All living creatures he doth feed,
And with full hand supplies their need.

For, &c.

Let us therefore warble forth
His mighty Majesty and worth.

For, &c.

90

That his mansion hath on high
Above the reach of mortal eye.

For his mercies
Ever faithfull, ever sure.

ay endure,

Joannis Miltoni Londinensis

Poemata.

Quorum pleraque intra Annum ætatis

Vigefimum confcripfit.

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ÆC quæ fequuntur de Authore testimonia,

tametfi ipse intelligebat non tam de se quam supra se esse dicta, eo quod præclaro ingenio

viri, nec non amici ita fere solent laudare, ut omnia suis potius virtutibus, quam veritati congruentia nimis cupide affingant, noluit tamen horum egregiam in se voluntatem non esse notam ; Cum alii præfertim ut id faceret magnopere suaderent.

suaderent. Dum enim nimiæ laudis invidiam totis ab fe viribus amolitur, fibique quod plus æquo est non attributum esse mavult, judicium interim hominum cordatorum atque illustrium quin summo fibi honori ducat, negare non poteft.

Joannes Baptista Mansus, Marchio Vil

lensis Neapolitanus ad Joannem

Miltonium Anglum.
V?

T mens, forma, decor, facies, mos, si pietas fic,
Non Anglus, verùm herclè Angelus ipfe fores.

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