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One man except, the only son of light
shall heave the ocean to usurp
817 observ'd] Observations honoured. C. J.
the horned flood bore to our isle.' Hor. Od. iv. 14. 25.
Sic tauriformis volvitur Aufidus.' and Virg. Geo. iv. 371. Æn. vii. 77.
Down the great river to the op’ning gulf,
He look'd, and saw the ark hull on the flood,
835 haunt] Virg. Æn. V. 128. Apricis statio gratissima mergis. Hom. Hymn. Apoll. 77.
Πουλύποδες δ' εν εμοι θαλάμας φώκαι τε μελαιναι,
Οικία ποιήσονται ακηδέα. .
-Grues Aquilone fugatæ
Tunc hilari clangore sonant.' 840 hull] v. Donne's Poems, p. 316. xxxi. "A great ship overset, or without saile hulling.' Queen Elizabeth's Tear, by C. Lever, 1607, 4to. F. 2. · Hulling upon the river where she lay.' Sandy's Psalms, p. 181. The ship hulls, as the billows flow.'
847 tripping] Drayton applies this word to the flow of rivers : Polyolb. Song xiii. •The Avon trips along.' xv. "The Isis from her source comes tripping with delight ;' and xxvi. • Darwin from her fount comes tripping down towards Trent.' Todd.
848 soft foot] See Drakenborch's Note on Sil. Italicus, vi. 140. p. 298. Lucret. v. 274. 'Liquido pede,' with Wakefield's Note, and Jer. Taylor's Sermon on Lady Carbery, fol. p. 169.
His sluices, as the heaven his windows shut.
O thou, who future things canst represent
852 tops] Backs. vii. 206. Bentl. MS.
For one man found so perfect and so just,
what mean those colour'd streaks in heaven, Distended as the brow of God appeas'd ?
880 Or serve they as a flowery verge to bind The fluid skirts of that same watery cloud, Lest it again dissolve and shower the earth ?
To whom th’archangel. Dextrously thou aim'st; So willingly doth God remit his ire, Though late repenting him of man depravid, Griev'd at his heart, when looking down he saw The whole earth fill'd with violence, and all flesh Corrupting each their way; yet, those remov’d, Such grace shall one just man find in his sight, 890 That he relents, not to blot out mankind, And makes a covenant never to destroy The earth again by flood, nor let the sea Surpass his bounds, nor rain to drown the world With man therein or beast; but when he brings 895 Over the earth a cloud, will therein set His triple-colourd bow, whereon to look, And call to mind his covenant: day and night, Seed-time and harvest, heat and hoary frost, Shall hold their course, till fire purge all things new, Both heaven and earth, wherein the just shall dwell. PARADISE LOST.
880 brow) Fenton proposed to read “The bow of God.'
886 late] Fenton placed a comma after 'late,' but Bentley removed it, and gave the line agreeably to Milton's own editions.
The angel Michael continues from the flood to relate what shall succeed; then, in the mention of Abraham, comes by degrees to explain, who that seed of the woman shall be, which was promised Adam and Eve in the fall; his incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension; the state of the church till his second coming. Adam, greatly satisfied, and recomforted by these relations and promises, descends the hill with Michael ; wakens Eve, who all this while had slept, but with gentle dreams composed to quietness of mind and submission. Michael in either hand leads them out of paradise, the fiery sword waving behind them, and the Cherubim taking their stations to guard the place.
As one who in his journey bates at noon, Though bent on speed, so here th' archangel paus’d Betwixt the world destroy'd and world restor’d, If Adam aught perhaps might interpose; Then with transition sweet, new speech resumes. 5
Thus thou hast seen one world begin and end; And man as from a second stock proceed. Much thou hast yet to see, but I perceive Thy mortal sight to fail : objects divine
1 As one] When the last book was divided into two, in the second edition, these first five lines were added: