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Thy anger, unappeasable, still rages,
go with evil omen, and the brand
973. On both his wings, one in his Lycidas he says, (unless it
, black, the other white, be a false print) Bears greatest names in his wild
So may some gentle Muse aery flight.]
With lucky words favour my destin'd I think Fame has passed for a
And as he passes turn, goddess ever since Hesiod deified
And bid fair peace be to my sable her: Egy.763.
Where Muse in the masculine Φημη δ' ου τις παμπαν απoλλυται, ήν
for poet is very bold. Perhaps it τινα πολλοι Λαοι Φημιζoυσι. θεος νυ τις εσι και αυτη.
should be, Fama vero nulla prorsus perit, quam
Bears greatest names in his wide aery
Aight. quidem multi Populi divulgant, quippe dea quidem What Milton says of Fame's bearest et ipsa.
ing great names on his wings,
seems to be partly from Horace, Milton makes her a god, I know Od. ii. ii. 7. not why, unless secundum eos,
Illum aget penna
te solvi qui dicunt utriusque sexus par- Fama superstes. ticipationem habere numina. So
In Ecron, Gaza, Asdod, and in Gath,
995 I leave him to his lot, and like my own.
Jael is celebrated in the noble With odours visited and annual song of Deborah and Barak, flowers;] What is said in Scrip- Judges v. and Deborah dwelt ture of the daughter of Jephthah, between Ramah and Beth-el in that the daughters of Israel went mount Ephraim. Judges iv. 5. yearly to lament her, seems to 995. At this who ever envies or imply that this solemn and perio- repines, dical visitation of the tombs of I leave him to his lot, and like eminent persons was an eastern
my own.] custom. Thyer.
Teucer to the Chorus in Sopho. So it is said afterwards of cles's Ajax, ver. 1038. Samson, The virgins also shall on feastful
Οσω δε μη σαδ' εσσιν εν γνωμη φιλα,
Κεινος σ' εκεινα στεργεσω, καγω ταδε, days Visit his tomb with flowers,
Cui autem hæc non sunt cordi, 988. Not less renown'd than in
Illeque sua amet, et ego mea. mount Ephraim
1003. Yet beauty, though inju- called the woman-hater. It may rious, hath strange power, &c.] be said indeed in excuse, that This truth Milton has finely ex
the occasion was very provokemplified in Adam forgiving Eve, ing, and that these reproaches and he had full experience of it
are rather to be looked upon as in his own case, as the reader a sudden start of resentment, may see in the note upon Para- than cool and sober reasoning. dise Lost, x. 940.
Thyer. 1008. Love-quarrels oft in
These reflections are the more pleasing concord end,] Terence, severe, as they are not spoken Andria iii. iii. 23.
by Samson, who might be sup
posed to utter them out of pique Amantium iræ, amoris integratio est.
and resentment, but are delivered 1010. It is not virtue, &c.] by the Chorus as serious and imHowever just the observation portant truths. But by all acmay be, that Milton in his Para- counts Milton himself had sufdise Lost seems to court the fa- fered some uneasiness through vour of the female sex, it is very the temper and behaviour of two certain, that he did not carry the of his wives; and no wonder same complaisance into this per- therefore that upon so tempting formance. What the Chorus here an occasion as this he indulges says outgoes the very bitterest his spleen a little, depreciates satire of Euripides, who was the qualifications of the women,
Strength, comeliness of shape, or amplest merit
any of these or all, the Timnian bride
Whate'er it be, to wisest men and best
and asserts the superiority of the Read to the wisest mun. See the men, and to give these sentiments following expressions, -in his the greater weight puts them way, -draws him awry. Meainto the mouth of the Chorus. dowcourt.
1020. Thy paranymph,] Bride- We have such a change of the mạn. But Samson's wife was
number in the Paradise Lost, ix. given to his companion, whom he 1183. had used as his friend. Judg. xiv.
-in women overtrusting 20.
Lets her will rule; restraint she will Richardson.
not brook, 1034. —to wisest men and best]
And left to herself, &c. VOL. III.
Seeming at first all heav'nly under virgin veil,
Favour'd of heav'n who finds
and we justified it there by a rizes the women in general, like similar instance from Terence. them too he commends the vir1038. --far within defensire tuous and good, and esteems a
good wife a blessing from the A cleaving mischief,]
Lord. Prov. xviii. 22. Whoso The words a cleuving mischief al- findeth a wife, findeth a good thing, lude to the poisoned shirt sent to and obtaineth favour of the Lord. Hercules by his wife Deianira. xix. 14. A prudent wife is from Meadowcourt.
the Lord. Ecclus. xxvi. 1, 2. The idea is rather that of an Blessed is the man that hath a adversary, who, having rushed virtuous wife, for the number of within his antagonist's shield, his days shall be double. A virgrapples with him and cleaves tuous woman rejoiceth her husto his side. We would willingly band, and he shall fulfil the years save Milton, if possible, from the of his life in peace, &c. This is reproach of so many ill-placed much better than condemning allusions to classic mythology. all without distinction, as JuveE.
nal and Boileau have done, the 1046. Farour'd of heav'n who former in his sixth, and the latfinds &c.] If Milton like Solo- ter in his tenth satire. mon and the Son of Sirach sati.