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EREWHILE of music, and ethereal mirth,
vallow'd up in dark and long out-living night.
For now to sorrow must I tune my song,
Most perfect Hero, tried in heaviest plight
4 divide) Spens. F. Queen. ii. i. 40.
And all the while sweet music did divide
Her looser notes with Lydian harmony.' Hor. Od. i. xv. 15.
•Imbelli cithara carmina divides.' Warton.
His starry front low-roof'd beneath the skies:
Yet more; the stroke of death he must abide, 20 Then lies him meekly down fast by his brethren's
These latest scenes confine my roving verse;
Me softer airs befit, and softer strings
Befriend me, Night, best patroness of grief;
The leaves should all be black whereon I write, And letters where my tears have wash'd, a wannish white.
26 Cremona's trump] Vida's Christiada 30 Over] So P. L. iv. 609.
*And o'er the dark her silver mantle throw.'
To bear me where the tow'rs of Salem stood, Once glorious tow'rs, now sunk in guiltless blood : There doth my soul in holy vision sit
41 In pensive trance, and anguish, and ecstatic fit.
That was the casket of Heav'n's richest store,
For sure so well instructed are my tears,
Might think th' infection of my sorrows loud 55 Had got a race of mourners on some pregnant cloud.
This subject the Author finding to be above the years he had, when
he wrote it, and nothing satisfied with what was begun, left it unfinished.
For the mountains will I take
51 a weeping] Jeremiah, ix. 10. up a weeping,' &c. Warton.
Fly envious Time, till thou run out thy race,
* In Milton's MS. written with his own hand, On Time. To be set on a clock-case. Warton. 2 leaden-stepping hours) Carew's Poems, p. 78, ed. 1642.
• They (the hours) move with leaden feet.' A. Dyce. 12 individual) Inseparable. P. L. iv. 485. v. 610. Warton.
UPON THE CIRCUMCISION.
YE flaming Pow’rs, and winged Warriors bright,
His infancy to seize!
1 flaming] So P. Lost, ix. 156. xi. 101. Warton.
17 remediless] P. Lost, ix. 919. Sams. Agon. v. 648. less.' Warton, Todd.