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I, who ere-while the happy garden sung,
Thou Spirit, who led'st this glorious Eremite
7 waste] Spens. Fairy Queen, i. i. 32.
Far hence, quoth he, in wasteful wilderness,' Dunster. 14 summ'd] Drayton's Polyolbion. Song xi. The muse from Cambria comes, with pinions summ'd and sound.'
Todd. VOL. JI.
Now had the great Proclaimer, with a voice More awful than the sound of trumpet, cry'd Repentance, and heaven's kingdom nigh at hand 20 To all baptiz’d: to his great baptism flock'd With awe the regions round, and with them came From Nazareth the Son of Joseph deem’d, To the flood Jordan; came, as then obscure, Unmarkt, unknown; but him the Baptist soon Descry'd, divinely warn’d, and witness bore As to his worthier, and would have resign'd To him his heavenly office, nor was long His witness unconfirm’d: on him baptiz'd Heaven open'd, and in likeness of a dove The Spirit descended, while the Father's voice From heaven pronounc'd him his beloved Son. That heard the adversary, who, roving still About the world, at that assembly fam’d Would not be last, and, with the voice divine Nigh thunder-struck, th’ exalted man, to whom Such high attest was giv'n, a while survey'd With wonder; then, with envy fraught and rage, Flies to his place, nor rests, but in mid air To council summons all his mighty peers, Within thick clouds and dark ten-fold involv'd, A gloomy consistory; and them amidst With looks aghast and sad he thus bespake.
42 consistory] Virg. Æn. iii. 677.
Concilium horrendum.' Thyer. 42 gloomy consistory) See Dante Il Paradiso, xxix. 66.
• Omai dintorno a questo consistoro
O ancient Powers of air and this wide world,
57 circling] So P. L. vi. 3. vii. 342, · Circling years.' Dunster.
67 youth's full flow'r] Hom. Il. iv. 484, ens årbos. Lucret. i. 565, ævi contingere florem. iii. 771, ætatis tangere florem. Sil. Ital. xvi. 406, primeve flore juventæ.
Before him a great prophet to proclaim
82 crystal] •Crystal was a favourite expression among our elder poets for • bright.' It occurs nearly twenty times in Milton. It is often used, when no allusion to 'crystal’ as a substance is meant, as in Shakesp. Hen. VI. p. i. act i. sc. 1. Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky.' Dekker's Satiromastix, Sig. K. 4, ed: 1602, Bow their crystal knees.'
Ye see our danger on the utmost edge
He ended, and his words impression left
94 edge) Shakesp. All's Well, &c. Act iii. sc. 3.
• We'll strive to bear it for your worthy sake
Newton. 97 well-woven] Sil. Ital. iii. 233.
• Docilis fallendi, et nectere tectos
Dunster. 104 waft] P. L. ii. 1041.
• Now with ease,