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And to disorder'd rage let loose the reins,
Have fuffer'd, that the glory may be thine
Can end it. Into thee such virtue’ and grace
My the giants war with the Gods. And 710. Go then thou Mightiesi &c.] when war hath thus ferformi'a'what The following lines in that glowar can do, he rises still higher, rious commission, which is given and the Son of God is sent forth the Mefian to extirpate the hoit in the majesty of the almighty Fa- of rebui Angels, are drawn from ther, agreeably to Scripture ; fo a sublime pallage in the Pfalins. much doth the subliinity of holy The reader will easily discover Writ transcend all that is true, many other firokes of the same na: and all that is feign'd in descrip- ture.
My bow and thunder, my almighty arms
He said, and on his Son with rays direct
O Father; O Supreme of heav'nly Thrones, First, Highest, Holiest, Best, thou always seek'st To glorify thy Son, I always thee,
725 As is most just; this I my glory' account, My exaltation, and my whole delight, That thou in me well pleas'd, declar’st thy will Fulfill’d, which to fulfil is all my bliss.
The Psalm here meant is the XLVth, be improv'd by reading and pointver. 3. & 4. Gird tby sword upon ing the whole pasiage thus, tby thigh, 0 most mighty, with thy glory and thy majefty: and in thy man - bring forth all my war, jefty ride prosperously &c.
My bow and thunder, my al714. — and sword upon thy pu
mighty arms; iffant thigh;] A great man And gird my sword upon thy pu. observed to me, that the sentence issant thigh. falls in this place, and that it may
Scepter and pow'r, thy giving, I assume, 730
732. Thou shalt be all in all, &c.) they all may be one, as then Farber We may still observe that Milton art in me, and I in tbee, ibat obey generally makes the divine Persons also may be one in us. ver. 21. ling talk in the stile and language of them, and thou in me, that tbey may Scripture. This passage is mani. be made perfect in one, and that the festly taken from 1 Cor. XV. 24 world may know that thou bast loved and 28. Then cometh the end when them, as thou haft loved me. ver. 23. he fall have delivered up the king. And when it is added dom to God: And when all things fall be fubdued unto him, then shall But whom thou hat'it, I hate, the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, is not this an allufion to Plal. that God may be all in all. And CXXXIX. 21. Do not I hate thos, immediately afterwards when it is O Lord, that hate thee, &c? And faid
there are several other instances, La I in thee
which the pious reader will perhaps For ever, and in me all whom be better pleas'd to recolle&t him. thou lov'st:
self, than to have them pointed
out to him. this is plainly in allusion to feveral expressions in John XVII. kat737.-rid Hear'n of obese rebell
Whom to obey is happiness entire.
So faid, he o'er his seepter bowing, rose
Of these rebellious, of these who religious grandeur, which throws have rebell’d; a remarkable ex- the advantage on the side of the pression.
English poet. Thycr. 746. So said, he o'er his scepter 749. forth rub'd with whirl.
bowing, rafe &c.] The de wind found &c.] Miiton has scription of the Meffiah's going out raised his description in this book against the rebel Angels is a scene with many images taken out of of the same sort with Hesiod's Ju- the poetical parts of Scriptura, piter against the Titans. They The Messiah's chariot is formed are both of them the moft un- upon a vision of Ezekiel, who, as doubted instances of the true sub Grotius observes, has very much lime; but which has exceeded it is in him of Homer's fpirit in the very difficult to determin. There poetical parts of his prophecy. is, I think, a greater profufion of
Addifon. poetical images in that of the latter; but then the superior charac- The whole description indeed is ter of a Christian Mefliah, which drawn almoft word for word from Milton has with great judgment Ezekiel, as the reader will see by and majesty supported in this part comparing them together. of his work, gives a certain air of
Flashing thick flames, wheel within wheel undrawn,
- forth rush'd with whirlwind
four faces each sound
Had wondrous; as with stars their The chariot of paternal Deity, bodies all | Flashing thick flames,
And wings were set with eyes, with
eyes the wheels And I looked, and behold, a whirlswind came out of the north, a great And every one had four faces. I. 6. cloud, and a fire infolding itself, I. 4. And their whole body, and their Or perhaps the author here drew wings, and the wheels were full of Isaiah likewise to his assistance, Isa. eyes round about, X. 12. LXVI. 15. For behold the Lord will * come with fire, and with his chariots
the wheels like a whirlwind.
Of beril, and carreering fires be
tween ; — wheel within wheel undrawn, Itself instinct with Spirit, but con
The beril is a precious stone of a voy'd
sea-green color, and carreering fores By four Cherubic shapes; are lightnings darting out by fits,
a metaphor taken from the run. Also out of the midst thereof came the ning in tilts ; The appearance of the likeness of four living creatures, and wheels and their work was like vero their appearance was as it were a the color of a beril; and the fire was wheel in the middle of a wheel; and bright, and out of the fire went foreb when the living creatures went, the lightning. I. 16, 13. wheels went by them, for the spirit of the living creature was in the Over their heads a crystal firmawheels. I: 5, 16, 19, 20,