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Not Typhon huge ending in snaky twine : Our Babe, to show his Godhead true, Can in his swadling bands control the damned crew.


So, when the Sun in bed,
Curtain’d with cloudy red,

Pillows his chin upon an orient wave,
The flocking shadows pale
Troop to the infernal jail,

Each fetter'd ghost slips to his several grave ;
And the yellow-skirted Fayes
Fly after the night-steeds, leaving their moon-lov'd

(maze. But see the Virgin blest Hath laid her Babe to rest;

Time is, our tedious song should here have ending: Heav'n's youngest teemed star Hath fix'd her polish'd car,

Her sleeping Lord with handmaid lamp attending: And all about the courtly stable Bright-harness'd angels sit in order serviceable.


IV. The Passion.


ERE WHILE of music, and ethereal mirth,
Wherewith the stage of air and earth did ring,
And joyous news of heav'nly Infant's birth,
My Muse with angels did divide to sing;
But headlong Joy is ever on the wing,

In wintry solstice like the shorten'd light, Soon swallow'd up in dark and long out-living night.

II For now to sorrow must I tune my song, And set my harp to notes of saddest woe, Which on our dearest Lord did seize ere long, Dangers, and snares, and wrongs, and worse than so, Which he for us did freely undergo:

Most perfect Hero, try'd in heaviest plight Of labors huge and hard, too hard for human wight!


He, sovran Priest, stooping his regal head,
That dropt with odorous oil down his fair eyes,
Poor fleshly tabernacle entered,
His starry front low-rooft beneath the skies ;
( what a mask was there, what a disguise !

Yet more; the stroke of death he must abide, Then lies him meekly down fast by his brethren's



These latest scenes confine my roving verse;
To this horizon is my Phæbus bound:
His godlike acts, and his temptations fierce,
And former sufferings, other where are found ;
Loud o'er the rest Cremona's trump doch sound;

Me softer airs befit, and softer strings
Of lute, or viol still, more apt for mournful things.

Befriend me, Night, best patroness of grief,
Over the pole thy thickest mantle throw,
And work my flatter'd fancy to belief,


That Heav'n and Earth are color'd with my woe ;
My sorrows are too dark for day to know :

The leaves should all be black whereon I write, And letters, where my tears have wash’d, a wannish

See, see the chariot, and those rushing wheels,
That whirl'd the prophet up at Chebar flood,
My spirit some transporting Cherub feels,
To bear me where the towers of Salem stood,
Once glorious towers, now sunk in guiltless blood;

There doth my soul in holy vision sit
In pensive trance, and anguish, and ecstatic fit.


Mine eye hath found that sad sephulchral rock
That was the casket of Heav'n's richest store,
And here though grief my feeble hands uplock,
Yet on the soften'd


would I score My plaining verse as lively as before ;

For sure so well instructed are my tears, That they would fitly fall in order'd characters.


Or should I, thence hurried on viewless wing,
Take up a weeping on the mountains wild,
The gentle neighbourhood of grove and spring
Would soon unbosom all their echoes mild;
And I (for grief is easily beguild)

Might think th' infection of my sorrows loud 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.] V. On Time. Fly, envious Time, till thou run out thy race, Call on the lazy leaden-stepping Hours, Whose speed is but the heavy plummet's pace ; And glut thyself with what thy womb devours, Which is no more than what is false and vain, And merely mortal dross ; So little is our loss, So little is thy gain. For when as each thing bad thou hast intomb’d, And last of all thy greedy self consum'd, Then long eternity shall greet our bliss With an individual kiss; And joy shall overtake us as a flood, When every thing that is sincerely good And perfectly divine, With truth, and peace, and love, shall ever shine About the supreme throne Of him, to' whose happy-making sight alone When once our heav'nly-guided soul shall clime, Then all this earthy grossness quit, Auir'd with stars, we shall for ever sit, [Time. Triumphing over Death, and Chance, and thee, o

VI. Upon the Circumcision. YE flaming Powers, and winged Warriors bright, That erst with music and triumphant song, First heard by happy watchful shepherds' car,

So sweetly sung your joy the clouds along
Through the soft silence of the list'ning Night;
Now mourn; and, if sad share with us to bear
Your fiery essence can distil no tear,
Burn in your sighs, and borrow
Seas wept from our deep sorrow:
He who' with all Heav'n's beraldry whilere
Enter'd the world, now bleeds to give us ease ;
Alas, how soon our sin
Sore doth begin

His infancy to seise !
0—more exceeding love, or law more just ?
Just law indeed, but more exceeding love !
For we by rightful doom remediless
Were lost in death, till he that dwelt above
High thron'd in secret bliss, for us frail dust
Emptied his glory, ev'n to nakedness;
And that great covenant which we still transgress
Entirely satisfied;
And the full wrath beside
Of vengeful Justice bore for our excess;
And seals obedience first, with wounding smart,
This day: but O, ere long
Huge pangs and strong
Will pierce more near his heart.

VII. At Q solemn Music.

B1.est pair of Syrens, pledges of Heav'n's joy, Sphere-born harmonious sisters, Voice and Verse,

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