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EVE'S LAMENT ON HER EXPULSION FROM PARADISE.
THE SUBSIDING OF THE WATERS OF THE DELUGE.
An olive-leaf he brings, pacific sign : 15 ambrosial, salutary, delicious, like 16 hull, fall to one side, as a ship run ambrosia, the fabled food of the pagan aground. gods.
Anon, dry ground appears, and from his ark
Betokening peace from God, and covenant new.
O Loss of sight, of thee I most complain!
To live a life half dead, a living death, 17 listed, striped.
During that partof the month in which 18 prime, first.
the dark side of the moon is turned to 19 Hid in her vacant interlunar cave!
And buried; but, O yet more miserable!
DESCRIPTION OF A LADY SINGING.
[From the Masque of Comus.]
Can any mortal mixture of earth's mould
20 obnoxious, exposed to.
23 flowery-kirtled, wearing a kirtle or 21 Circe, a celebrated enchantress in gown embroidered with flowers. the heathen mythology. She wasfabled 24 Naiades, nymphs of the sea. to be the daughter of the Sun.
25 Scylla and Charybdis, the one was 22 Sirens, the Sirens were nymphs a rock, and the other a whirlpool, in fabled to inhabit an island in the west- the straits of Messina, between Sicily ern Mediterranean; so sweet was their and Italy, that proved very destructive song, that mariners who heard it, for- to the early voyagers. They were fabled got home and all its endearments, and by the poets to be cruel monsters that steering direct to the island, were devoured mariners. wrecked on its rocks.
DESCRIPTION OF A STORM.
[From the PARADISE REGAINED.7
And either tropic26 now 'Gan thunder, and both ends of heaven; the clouds, From many a horrid rift abortive?7, poured Fierce rain with lightning mixed, water with fire In ruin reconciled: nor slept the winds Within their stony caves, but rushed abroad From the four hinges of the world, and fell On the vexed wilderness, whose tallest pines, Though rooted deep as high, and sturdiest oaks, Bowed their stiff necks, loaded with stormy blasts, Or torn up sheer. Ill wast thou shrouded then, O patient Son of God, yet only stoodst Unshaken ! Nor yet stayed the terror there; Infernal ghosts and hellish furies round Environed thee, some howled, some yelled, some shrieked, Some bent at thee their fiery darts, while thou Satst unappalled in calm and sinless peace ! Thus passed the night so foul, till morning fair Came forth, with pilgrim steps, in amice*e gray; Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds, And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire. And now the sun with more effectual beams Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet From drooping plant or dropping tree; the birds, Who all things now behold more fresh and green, After a night of storm so ruinous, Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray, To gratulate2, the sweet return of morn.
ADDRESS TO LIGHT.
Hail, holy light, offspring of Heaven first born,
Dwelt from eternity, dwelt then in thee, 26 tropic, the tropics are imaginary
28 amice, a robe or garment anciently lines that mark the limits of the eclip- worn by the clergy. tic, or apparent annual path of the sun 29 gratulate, welcome. through the heavens.
30 co-eternal, existing with, from 27 abortive, springing from.
Bright effluence31 of Bright essence increate.
The dark descent, and up to re-ascend,
Tunes her nocturnal note. Thus with the year 81 effluence, that which flows from 36 Thamyris, an ancient poet, said
in fable to have been deprived of sight 3. Stygian, belonging to hell; from for contending against the Muses. Styx, a river fabled by the Greeks to
37 Mæonides, a name given flow through hell.
Homer. 33 Orphean, belonging to Orpheus, a 38 Tiresias, an ancient soothsayer, musician whose melody was said to fabled to have been struck blind by move stocks and stones.
Juno. 34 Chaos, the unformed mass of mat- 39 Phineus, a king of Thrace, fabled ter from which the world was made. to have been pur ed with blindness
35 drop serene, the gutta serena, a for cruelty to his children. disease of the eyes, producing blind- 40 wakeful bird, the nightingale.