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Some better shroud, some better warmth to cherish
1068. Some better shroud,] wise by Spenser in his ShepSpenser frequently uses shroud herd's Calendar, ecl. ii. for shelter :
His top was bald, and wasted with But trembling fear still to and fro
worms, did fly,
His honour decay'd, his branches And found no place where safe he
shroud him might. Faery Queen, b. ii. c. vii. st. 22.
How falls it then that this faded oak, And so Milton, Comus, 316, and
Whose body is sere, whose branches Par. Reg. iv. 419. Dunster.
broke. 1069. -ere this diurnal star Leave cold the night,]
And by our author in his LyciThe diurnal star is the star of day, the sun, as in Lycidas,
with ivy never sere. So sinks the day star in the ocean 1072. Or by collision of two bed:
bodies grind So that this is spoken as if it The air attrite to fire, as late was now day, whereas it was
the clouds &c.] night a little before. See ver. Our poet had Lucretius here in 846. And after Leave cold the mind, and plainly alludes to his night there should be only a account of the origin of fire, v. comma as in Milton's own edi. 1091. tions, and not a colon as in Dr.
Fulmen detulit in terras mortalibus Bentley's; for how we his ga
ignem thered beams &c. still refers to Primitus: inde omnis flammarum which bids us seek.
Multa videmus enim cælestibus incita · 1071. - with matter sere fo
flammis ment,] Sere Engos (Greek) dry:
Fulgere, quum cæli donavit plaga according to Virgil's exact description, Æn. i. 175.
Now for the rise of fire : swift thunSuscepitque ignem foliis, atque arida der thrown circúm
From broken sulphurous clouds first Nutrimenta dedit, rapuitque in fo. brought it down; mite flammam.
For many things take fire, when Hume.
And sulphurous vapours fill the lower I find the word sere used like
Justling or push'd with winds rude in their shock
1075. Tine the slant lightning,] assurance in the poet, that what To tine is derived from the Saxon was once well said will bear retynan to light, to kindle ; from peating: and has the true air whence also we have the word both of simplicity and grandeur, tinder.
Bentley. 1092.-and humiliation meek ?] Dr. Bentley believes that MilI believe he gave it,
ton gave it meet : but I believe
not. He seems to think that and humiliation meet :
meek humiliation is tautology; and so in the last verse. But but humiliation here is not hunote that the last seven verses, mility: it is the act of humbling being a repetition of the former, themselves before God. We mood and tense only of the verbs have meek submission in xii. 597, changed, is an imitation of Ho- Pearce. mer and Virgil; and shews an
From his displeasure ; in whose look serene,
So spake our father penitent, nor Eve