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Now not, though sin, not time, first wrought the change, Where Tigris at the foot of Paradise
71 Into a gulf shot under ground, till part Rose up a fountain by the tree of life ; In with the river sunk, and with it rose Satan involv'd in rising mist, then sought
75 Where to lie hid: sea he had search'd and land From Eden over Pontus, and the pool Mæotis, up beyond the river Ob; Downward as far antarctic : and in length West from Orontes to the ocean barr'd At Darien, thence to the land where flows Ganges and Indus: thus the orb he roam'd With narrow search, and with inspection deep Consider'd every creature, which of all
75. ---involv'd in rising mist,) agxtos the bear, the most conHomer, Iliad. i. 359.
spicuous constellation near the
north pole ; but no particular –ανεδν πολιης άλος ηϋσ' ομιχλη.
place is mentioned near the 77. From Eden over Pontus, south pole, there being all gea or &c.] As we had before an land unknown. And in length, astronomical, so here we have a as north is up and south is down, geographical, account of Satan's so in length is east or west; peregrinations. He searched both west from Orontes, å river of sea and land, northward from Syria, westward of Eden, runEden over Pontus, Poritus Euxi- ning into the Mediterranean, to nus, the Euxine Sea, now the the ocean barred at Darien, the Black Sea, above Constantino. isthmus of Darien in the Westple, and the pool Mæotis, Palus Indies, a neck of land that joins Mæotis above the Black Sea, up North and South America tobeyond the river Ob, Ob or Oby, gether, and hinders the ocean as a great river of Muscovy near it were with a bar from flowing the northern pole. Downward between them; and the metaas far antarctic, as far south- phor of the ocean barred is an ward; the northern hemisphere allusion to Job xxxviii. 10. and being elevated on our globes, set bars to the sea. Thence to the north is called up and the the land where flows Ganges and south downwards ; antarctic south Indus, thence to the East-Indies : the contrary to arctic north from thus the orb he roamed.
Most opportune might serve his wiles, and found
O earth, how like to heav'n, if not preferr'd
86. The serpent subllest beast imitating all they see and hear. of all the field.] So Moses says, Hume. Gen. iii. 1. Now the serpent was 99. if not preferr'd more subtle than any bcast of the More justly, &c.] field: the subtlety of the ser- I reckon this panegyric upon pent is commended likewise by the earth among the less perfect Aristotle and other naturalists: parts of the poem. The beginand therefore he was the fitter ning is extravagant, and what instrument for Satan, because follows is not consistent with (as Milton says agreeably with what the author had said before the doctrine of the best divines) in his description of Satan's pasany sleights in him might be sage among the stars and plathought to proceed from his nets, which are said then to native wit and subtlety, but ob- appear to biin as other worlds served in other creatures might inhabited. See iii. 566. The the easier beget a suspicion of a imagination that all the headiabolical power acting within venly bodies were created for them beyond their natural sense.
the sake of the earth was na89. --fittest imp of fraud,] tural to human ignorance, and Fittest stock to graft his devil- human vanity might find its ish fraud upon. Imp of the account in it: but neither of Saxon impan, to put into, to these could influence Satan. graft upon. Thus children are Heylin. called little imps, from their As it is common with people
More justly, seat worthier of Gods, as built
to undervalue what they have must be best, because it was forfeited and lost by their folly created last ; and wickedness, and to over
For what God afler better worse value any good that they hope
would build ? to attain; so Satan is here made to question whether earth be A sophistical argument worthy not preferable to heaven: but of Satan, and for the same reathis is spoken of earth in its son man would be better than primitive and original beauty angels. But Satan was willing before the fall. As Mr. Thyer to insinuate imperfection in observes, Spenser has the very God, as if he had mended his same thought upon a like occa- hand by creation, and as if all sion, for describing the gardens the works of God were not persurrounding the temple of Ve- fect in their kinds, and in their nus, he says,
degrees, and for the ends for That if the happy souls which do which they were intended. possess
113. Of growth, sense, reason, Th' Élysian fields, and live in lasting all summ'd up in man.] The
bliss, Should happen this with living eye
three kinds of life rising as it
were by steps, the vegetable, They soon would loath their lesser animal, and rational ; of all happiness.
which man partakes, and he Faery Queen, b. v. c. 10. st. 23. only; he grows as plants, miBut Satan concludes that earth nerals, and all things inanimate;
With what delight could I have walk'd thee round,
120 Torment within me', as from the hateful siege Of contraries; all good to me becomes Bane, and in heav'n much worse would be my state. But neither here seek I, no nor in heaven To dwell, unless by mast'ring heav'n's Supreme; 125 Nor hope to be myself less miserable By what I seek, but others to make such he lives as all other animated When the pause is made upon creatures, but is over and above the first syllable of the verse, it endued with reason. Richardson. is commonly upon a verb, to
119. Find place or refuge ;] mark the action more strongly. Dr. Bentley believes that the I think it is always so in Hoauthor gave it Find place of mer. But Milton makes the refuge: another learned gentle- pauses as well upon a substanman proposes to read Find peace tive, as here, and in vi. 837. or refuge: but it may be under
- such as in their souls infix'd stood thus, but I in none of these
Plagues ; find place to dwell in or refuge from divine vengeance. And and in the preceding book we this sense seems to be confirmed have it upon an adjective, viii. by what follows.
472. But neither here seek I, no nor in
That what seem'd fair in all the heaven
world, seem'd now To dwell,
Mean. Nor hope to be myself less mise- 127. --but others to make such
Table: that is, (as Dr. Greenwood adds,) It is true (as Dr. Bentley reI find no place to dwell here, for marks) that the syntax requires I do not seek or desire it; and to make such as me: but may I expect no refuge, because I not the verb substantive am be cannot hope to be less miserable. understood, to make others such
122. -all good to me becomes as I am ? and is such an abbreBane,-]
As I, though thereby worse to me redound:
my relentless thoughts; and him destroyed,
146. —if they at least
Are his created,) He questions whether the angels were created by God; he had before asserted that they were not, to the angels themselves, v. 859.
We know no time when we
not as now; Know none before us, self-begot,
self-rais d By our own quick’ning pow'r.