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The signal to ascend, fit ling’ring here
65 Infernal thunder, and for lightning sec Black fire and horror shot with equal rage Among his Angels, and his throne itself Mix'd with Tartarean sulphur, and strange fire, His own invented torments. But perhaps 70 The way seems difficult and steep to scale With upright wing against a higher foe.
56. - fit ling'ring bere] Dr. Bent- were repentant ; for a little before ley reads stay ling’ring here, be- it is said that they prostrate fell. cause we have before stand in arms: That fit is right here, may appear but fand does not always fignify from ver. 164, 420, 475. Pearce. the posture; see an instance of this Sit ling’ring to answer fit contriving in John I. 26. To fland in arms is before. While they fit contriving, no more than to be in arms, So in shall the rest sit ling’ring? XI. 1. it is said of Adam and Eve. that they food repentant, that is 69. Mix'd with Tartarean sulphur,}
Let such bethink them, if the sleepy drench
Mix'd fignifies filld with; it is an the word like the Latin exegra imitation of what Virgil says in ceo, which fignifies 'to vex and Æn. II. 487.
trouble as well as to practice and
employ: as in Virg. Georg. IV. At domus interior gemitu mise- 453.
roque tumultu Mifcetur. ' Pearce.
Non te nullius exercent numinis
go , ,
The vaffals of his anger, when the scourge
And 1790. The waffals of bis anger]. The the scourge inexorable or inerDevils are the vafials of the Al- prably calls. mighty, thence Mammon says, II. . 92. Calls us to penance ?] To pu. 252, Our state of Splendid vasalage. nishment. . Our poet here supposes And the vasols of anger is an ex the sufferings of the damned Spirits preffion confirm'd by Spenser in his not to be always alike intense, but
Tears of the Muses, ronge r that they have some intermissions. ** Ah: wretched world, and all that * 67.
happier far &... are therein,
Than miferable to have eternal ” The vafals of God's wrath, and
being :) That it is better not flaves of fin. ' je
to be than to be eternally miseBut yet when I remember St. Paul's Table; our Saviour himself hath dewords, Rom. IX. 23. The vessels of
· termin'd, Matth. XXVI. 24. Mark
XIV. 21. ., wrarb fitted to destruction, Eneun opy ns, I suspect that Milton here, . 100. — we are at wor/] We are
in the worst condition we can be. * as perpetually, kept close to the Scripture stile, and leave it to the
104. – his fatal throne :] That reader's choice, vasals or vessels.
is upheld by fate, as he ellewhere
dy v 108. To less than Gods.) He gave el. Inexorably,] In the first edi. it To less than God. For it was dantions it is Inexorably, in others In- gerous to the Angels. Bentley. "exorable: and it may be either, This emendation appears. Yery pro
And cannot cease to be, we are at worst
He ended frowning, and his look denounc'd
bable at firft view: but the Angels and therefore the present reading though often called Gods, yet some- To less than Gods may be justify'd. times are only compar'd or faid to ' 109. Belial, in áit more graceful be like the Gods, as in I. 570.
and bumane ;] Belial is de. Their visages and ftature as of of the lewd and luxurious. He is
ut scribed in the first book as the idol Gods: ,
; . in the second book, pursuant to and of the two chief, Michael and that description, characterized as Satan. it is said VI. 201, that timorous and lothful ; and if we
look into the fixth book, we find likeft Gods they seem'd:
him celebrated in the battel of and of two others we read, VI. Angels for nothing but that fcof366.
** fing speech which he makes to Sa. ma i . '' tan, on their supposed advantage Two potent Thrones, that to be over the enemy. As his appear: lefi tban Gods som
cance is uniform and of a piece in Disdain'd: : !!! !!! these three several views, we find - and in another place a manifest di
och s his sentiments in the infernal ass ftin&tion is made between Gods and
sembly eyery way conformable to
his character. Such are his appre
is, henfions of a second battel, his IX. 937 vai ser det ? horrors of annihilation; his prefer
But to be Gods, or Angels Demi. Ting to be miferable rather than · Gods "
, &$T not to be.
A fairer person loft not Heav'n; he seem'd 110
I should be much for open war, O Peers, is
Miftruftful, the contrast of thought in this 113. Dropt Manna,] The same speech, and that which precedes, expression, but apply'd differently, gives an agreeable variety to the in Shakespear. Merchant of Vedebate.
Addison. nice, Act V. The fine contrast, which Mr. Addison observes there is betwixt the Fair ladies, you drop Manna in the characters of Moloch and Belial, might probably be first suggested to Of farved people. our poet by a contrast of the fame kind betwixt Argantes and Aletes 113. - and could make the worfe in the second Canto of Taffo's Je
appear rusalem, Thyer,
The better reafon,] Word for word,