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Mine both in heav'n and earth to do thy will
71. --I go to judge &c.] and confusion of our first parents, The same divine Person, who in standing naked before their the foregoing parts of this poem Judge, is touched with great interceded for our first parents beauty. Addison. before their fall, overthrew the 74. --for so I undertook] See rebel angels, and created the book iii. 236. &c. world, is now represented as 80. Attendance none shall need,] descending to Paradise, and pro- This is either an elliptical way nouncing sentence upon the three of speaking for I shall need no offenders. The cool of the even- attendance : or rather the word ing being a circumstance with need, though commonly used as which holy writ introduces this a verb active, is here used as a great scene, it is poetically de- verb neuter, and means no atscribed by our author, who has tendance shall be wunting ; and also kept religiously to the form so it is used likewise in iii. 340. of words, in which the three
Then thou thy regal sceptre shalt several sentences were passed lay by, upon Adam, Eve, and the Ser- For regal sceptre then no more shall pent. He has rather chosen to necd, neglect the numerousness of his verse, than to deviate from those 84. Conviction to the serpent speeches which are recorded on none belongs.] No proof is needthis great occasion. The guilt ful against the serpent, com
God shall be all in all.
Thus saying, from his radiant seat he rose Of high collateral glory’: him thrones and powers, Princedoms, and dominations ministrant Accompanied to heaven gate, from whence Eden and all the coast in prospect lay. Down he descended straight; the speed of Gods 90 Time counts not, though with swiftest minutes wing’d. Now was the sun in western cadence low From noon, and gentle airs due at their hour To fan the earth now wak’d, and usher in The evening cool, when he from wrath more cool 95 Came the mild judge and intercessor both To sentence man: the voice of God they heard Now walking in the garden, by soft winds Brought to their ears, while day declin’d; they heard, And from his presence hid themselves among The thickest trees, both man and wife, till God Approaching, thus to Adam call’d aloud.
pelled by Satan to be the igno- that is, in other words, iv. 485. rant instrument of his malice against mankind, now mute and
-to have thee by my side
Henceforth an individual solace dear, unable to answer for himself. Hume.
92. Now was the sun in west, 86. of high collateral glory :)
ern cadence loro He uses collateral, as he does From noon, and gentle airs &c.] most other words, in a sense This beautiful description is agreeable to the etymology, side founded upon this verse, Gen. by side. The Son sat at the iii. 8. And they heard the voice of right hand of the Father, and the Lord God walking in the rising from thence he may pro- garden in the cool of the day: perly be said to rise from his sèat and Adam and his wife hid themof high collateral glory, or as it selves from the presence of the is elsewhere expressed, vi. 747. Lord God amongst the trees of the from the right hand of glory where garden. he sat. The word was used
102. -to Adam call d aloud. before in viïi. 426.
Where art thou Adam ?] Collateral love, and dearest amity,
Gen. iii. 9. And the Lord God
Where art thou Adam, wont with joy to meet
He came, and with him Eve, more loath, though first
To whom thus Adam sore beset replied.
called unto Adam, and said unto 121. that thou' art naked, him, Where art thou ? It is cu
who rious to observe how the poet
Hath told thee? hast thou eaten paraphrases and enlarges upon of the tree, the divine historian.
Whereof I gave thee charge 116. I heard thee in the gard'n,
thou should'st not eat?] and of thy voice
Gen. iii. 11. And he said, who Afraid, being naked, hid myself.) dold thee that thou wast naked ? Gen. iii. 10. And he said, I heard hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof lhy voice in the garden, and I was I commanded thee that thou should. afraid, because I was naked; and est nol eat? I hid myself.
O heav'n! in evil strait this day I stand
To whom the sovran Presence thus replied.
137. 'This Woman, whom thou other things which were likely
mad'st to be my help, enough to have been said and And gav'st me as thy perfect done. Adam speaks of Eve gift
much in the same strain as he She gave me of the tree, and I had done before to the angel, viii. did eat.]
549. Gen. ii. 12. And the man said, - what she wills to do or say. The woman, whom thou gavest to Seems wisest &c. be with me, she gave me of the And his unwillingness to accuse tree, and I did eat. We see that his wife, and yet the necessity he still preserves all that is of his doing it, are finely imaScripture, though he intermixes gined.
Superior, or but equal, that to her
To whom sad Eve with shame nigh overwhelm’d,
Which when the Lord God heard, without delay To judgment he proceeded on th’accus'd
c. 2. Has partes lenitatis et miShe was indeed, and lovely to sericordiæ, quas me natura ipsa altract
docuit, semper ago libonter, ilThy love, not thy subjection ;] lam vero gravitatis, severitatis The same sort of sentiment as personam non appetivi. Milton the angel had inculcated, viii. in his History of England, p. 37. 568.
edit. Tol, uses the word thus,
“ If it were an 'honour to that -fair no doubt, and worthy well Thy cherishing, thy honouring, and person which he sustained." thy love,
Richardson. Not thy subjection.
158. Say Woman, what is this And in other parts of his works which thou hast done ?] Gen. our author seems to have been 'jii. 13. And the Lord God said a strenuous advocate for keeping unto the Woman, What is this that up the authority of the husband. thou hast done? 155. -thy part
162. The Serpent me beguild, And person, ]
and I did eat.} And the Woman A pure Latinism. The personæ said, The Serpent beguiled me, dramatis. So Cicero, pro Muren. und I did eat.