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I, who ere-while the happy garden sung,
Thou Spirit, who led'st this glorious Eremite
7 waste] Spens. Fairy Queen, i. i. 32.
• Far hence, quoth he, in wasteful wilderness.' Dunster. 14 summ'd] Drayton's Polyolbion. Song xi. • The muse from Cambria comes, with pinions summ’d and sound.'
Todd, VOL. II.
Now had the great Proclaimer, with a voice
42 consistory] Virg. Æn. iii. 677.
• Concilium horrendum.' Thyer. 42 gloomy consistory] See Dante Il Paradiso, xxix. 66.
• Omai dintorno a questo consistoro
O ancient Powers of air and this wide world, For much more willingly I mention air, This our old conquest, than remember Hell, Our hated habitation ; well ye know How many ages, as the years of men, This universe we have possest, and rul'd In manner at our will th' affairs of earth, Since Adam and his facil consort Eve Lost paradise deceiv'd by me, though since With dread attending when that fatal wound Shall be inflicted by the seed of Eve Upon my head; long the decrees of heav'n Delay, for longest time to him is short ; And now too soon for us the circling hours This dreaded time have compast, wherein we Must bide the stroke of that long threaten'd wound, At least if so we can, and by the head Broken be not intended all our power To be infring’d, our freedom, and our being, In this fair empire won of earth and air : For this ill news I bring, the woman's seed, Destin'd to this, is late of woman born; His birth to our just fear gave no small cause, But his growth now to youth's full flow'r, displaying All virtue, grace, and wisdom to achieve Things highest, greatest, multiplies my fear.
57 circling] So P. L. vi. 3. vii. 342, ' Circling years. Dunster.
67 youth's full flow'r] Hom. Il. iv. 484, nens divdos. Lucret. i. 565, ævi contingere florem. iii. 771, ætatis tangere florem. Sil. Ital. xvi. 406, primæve flore juventæ.