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Qua potes, et sensim tempora veris eant; Brumaque productas tarde ferat hispida noctes,

Ingruat et nostro serior umbra polo. 140

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Ad Carolum Deodatum ruri commorantem,

Qui cum Idibus Decemb. scriphilset, et sua carmina

excufari poftulasjet si solito minus essent bona, quod inter lautitias quibus erat ab amicis exceptus, haud fatis felicem operam Mufis dare fe poffe affirmabat, hoc habuit refponfum.

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Itto tibi sanam non pleno ventre salutem,

Qua tu distento forte carere potes.
At cua quid nostram prolectat Musa camænam,

Nec finit optatas posse sequi tenebras ?
Carmine scire velis quam te redamemque colamque,
Crede mihi vix hoc carmine scire

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neque noster amor modulis includitur arctis, Nec venit ad claudos integer ipse pedes. Quam bene solennes epulas, hilaremque Decem

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Senfin tempora veris cant.] See El.i. 48. And the Note.

Deliciasque

Deliciasque refers, hiberni gaudia ruris,

Haustaque per lepidos Gallica musta focos ! Quid quereris refugam vino dapibusque poesin ?

Carmen amat Bacchum, carmina Bacchus amat. Nec puduit Phæbum virides gestasse corymbos,

Atque hederam lauro præposuisse suæ. 16 Sæpius Aoniis clamavit collibus Euce

Mista Thyoneo turba novena choro.
Naso Corallæis mala carmina misit ab agris :

Non illic epulæ, non fata vitis erat.

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12. Hauftaque per lepidos Gallica musia focos.] See Sonnet to Lau. rence, XX. 3. 10.

Where shall we sometimes meet, and by the fire

Help waste a sullen day?
What neat repast shall fealt us, light and choice

Of Attic talte, with wine, &c.
Deodate had sent Milton a copy of verses, in which he described the
feitivities of Christmas.

19. Naso Corallæis mala carmina misit ab agris.] Ovid's Tristia, and Epiftles from Pontus, supposed to be far inferiour to his other works. This I cannot allow. Few of his works have more nature. And where there is haste and negligence, there is often a beautiful careless elegance. The Corallæi were the most savage of the Getes. Ovid calls them “pelliti Corallæi,” Epist. Pont.iv. viii. 83. And again, ibid. iv. ii. 37

Hic mihi cui recitem, nifi Aavis scripta CORALLIS.
See our author above, El. i. 21. Ovid himself acknowledges, ut
supr. iv. ii. 20.

Et carmen vena pauperiore fuit.
See also Trist. i. xi. 35. iii. xiv. 35. iii. i. 18. v. vii.

35.
And Epist. Pont. i. v. 3. iv. xiii. 4. 17.
20. Non illic epula, non fata vitis erat.] Ovid, EPIST. Pont.i.x.31.

Non EPULIS oneror quarum si tangar amore,
Ed tamen in Geticis copia nulla locis,

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Quid nisi vina, rofasque, racemiferumque Lyæum,

Cantavit brevibus Teia Musa modis?
Pindaricofque infiat numeros Teumesius Euan,

Et redolet sumptum pagina quæque merum ;
Dum gravis everso currus crepat axe supinus,

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Et volat Eleo pulvere fuscus eques.
Quadrimoque madens Lyricen Romanus Iaccho,

Dulce canit Glyceran, flavicomamque Chloen. Jam quoque lauta tibi generoso mensa paratu

Mentis alit vires, ingeniumque fovet. 30 Massica fæcundam despumant pocula venam,

Fundis et ex ipfo condita metra cado.

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Trist. iii. x. 71.

Non hic pampinea dulcis latet uva sub umbra.
Again, Epist. Pont. iii. i. 13.

Nec tibi pampineas Autumnus porrigit uvas.
And, ibid. i. iii. 51.

Non
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his pomum, non dulces porrigit uvas,
Again, i. vii, 13.

Nos habeat regio nec pomo fæta nec uvis.
Again, ibid. iii. viii. 13.

Non hic pampineis amicitur vitibus ulmus, &c.
21. Quid nii

Cantavit brevibus Teia Musa modis.] Ovid, Trist. ii. 364.
QUID Nisi cum multo venerem confundere vino

Præcepit Lyrici Tera Musa fenis ?
Again, ART. AMATOR, iii. 330.

Vinosi Tera Musa senis.
See also Metam. XV. 413.

Victa RACEMIFERO lyncas dedit India Baccho.
And Fast, vi. 483.

Addimus 36

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Addimus his artes, fusumque per

intima Phæbum Corda : favent uni Bacchus, Apollo, Ceres. Scilicet haud mirum, tam dulcia carmina per te,

Numine compofito, tres peperiffe Deos. Nunc quoque

Thresla tibi cælato barbitos auro Insonat arguta molliter icta manu; Auditurque chelys suspensa tapetia circum,

Virgineos tremula quæ regat arte pedes. Illa tuas faltem teneant spectacula Musas,

Et revocent, quantum crapula pellit iners. Crede mihi, dum pfallit ebur, comitataque plectrum

Implet odoratos festa chorea tholos,
Percipies tacitum per pectora ferpere Phæbum, 45

Quale repentinus permeat offa calor,
Perque puellares oculos, digitumque fonantem,

Irruet in totos lapsa Thalia sinus.
Namque Elegia levis multorum cura Deorum est,

Et vocat ad numeros quemlibet illa suos 50 Liber adest elegis, Eratoque, Ceresque, Venusque,

Et cum purpurea matre tenellus Amor.

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37. Nunc quoque Threfa tibi, &c.] The Thracian harp. Orpheus was of Thrace. Ovid, Epist. Heroid. iii. 118.

THREICIAM digitis increpuisse lyram. The same pentameter occurs, AMOR. ii. xi. 32. See Note on COMUS, V. 324.

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Talibus

Talibus inde licent convivia larga poetis,

Sæpius et veteri commaduisse mero:
At qui bella refert, et adulto sub Jove cælum, 55

Heroasque pios, semideofque duces,
Et nunc fancta canit superum consulta deorum,

Nunc latrata fero regna profunda cane,

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55. At qui bella refert, &c.] Ovid, Anacreon, Pindar, and Horace, indulged in convivial festivity: and this also is an indulgence which must be allowed to the professed writer of elegies and odes. But the epic poet, who has a more serious and important task, must live spa. ringly, according to the dictates of Pythagoras. Milton's panegyrics on temperance both in cating and drinking, resulting from his own practice, are frequent. See PARAD. L. B.v.5. xi. 472.515.530. Il Pens. 46. And Comus, in several places. But Milton conceived his argument of Paradise Lost to be of much more dignity and difficulty, than the subjects of Homer and Virgil, here insinuated. See B.ix. 13.

Argument
Not less, but more heroic, than the wrath

Of stern Achilles, &c.
Again, B. i. 13.

My adventurous song,
That with no middle flight intends to soar

Above th’Aonian mount, &c.
Again, B. iii. 3.

Above th’Olympian hill I foar, Above the fight of Pegasean wing, &c. And B. iii. 17.

With other notes than to th’Orphean lyre, &c. Again, B. i. 24.

To the highth of this great argument.
Again, B. ix. 27.

Not sedulous by nature to indite
Wars, hither to the only argument
Heroic deem'd, &c. &c.

- Me of these
Nor skill'd, nor studious, HIGHER ARGUMENT

Remains. Compare our author's Ch. GOVERNM. B. ii. Pref. PROSE-WORKS, vol. i. 6o.

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