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Commotion strange, in all enjoyments else
537. -at least on her bestow'd Were left for haste unfinish'd, judg.
ment scant, Too much of ornament, in oul
Capacity not rais'd to apprehend, ward show
Or value what is best Elabrale, of inward less
In choice, but oftest to affect the erart.]
wrong? The poet has enlarged upon the
547. same sentiment in his Samson
--so absolute] So fiAgonistes.
nished, so perfect, so complete,
as it is said in the next line, and Is it for that such outward ornament
as the word is explained in the
And so Was lavish'd on their sex, that in. note upon ver. 421. ward gifts
absolved is used vii. 94.
Loses discountenanc'd, and like folly shows;
To whom the angel with contracted brow. 560
565 Less excellent, as thou thyself perceiv’st. For what admir'st thou, what transports thee so, An outside ? fair no doubt, and worthy well Thy cherishing, thy honouring, and thy love, Not thy subjection : weigh with her thyself; 570 Then value: oft-times nothing profits more Than self esteem, grounded on just and right
560. To whom the angel with distant discoveries, brings about contracted brow.] These senti. that fatal event which is the ments of love in our first parent subject of the
poem. Addison. gave the angel such an insight 568. —and worthy well into human nature, that he Thy cherishing, thy honouring, seems apprehensive of the evils und thy lore,] which might befal the species He maketh use of these three in general, as well as Adam in words agreeably to Scripture. particular, from the excess of So ought men to love their wives, this passion. He therefore for- as their own bodies : he that lovtifies him against it by timelyeth his wife, loveth himself: for admonitions; which very art- no man ever yet hated his own fully prepare the mind of the flesh, but nourisheth and cherishreader for the occurrences of the eth it. Eph. v. 28, 29. Giving next bool where the weakness, honour unto the wife, 1 Pet. of which Adam here gives such iii. 7.
Well manag'd; of that skill the more thou know'st,
576. Made so adorn &c.] These
transported I behold, verses contain a beautiful and Transported touch. instructive account of the end for which God bestowed on Eve
-love refines so much of ornament and awful- The thoughts, and heart enness. But two such participles
larges, &c.) as made adorned would have So Spenser, to whom our author sounded very oddly together; seems to allude by his manner and therefore he has coined an
of expression. adjective adorn, as the Italians have adonno for adornalo. And
Such is the pow'r of that sweet pas
sion, in like manner he uses fledge for
That it all sordid baseness doth fledged, iii. 627. vii. 420. And
expel, derole for devoted, ix. 901. And And the refined mind doch newly there are other instances of his
Unto a fairer form. changing the participle into an
Spenser's Hymn of Love. adjective. 579. But if the sense of touch
Ne suffereth it thought of ungentle&c.] Answering to what Adam had said before,
Erer to creep into his noble breast; VOL. II.
The thoughts, and heart enlarges, hath his seat
To whom thus half abash'd Adam replied.
But to the highest and the worthiest spaces of philosophy; but Lifteth it up that else would lowly
chiefly to the divine volumes fall.
“ of Plato, and his equal XenoFaery Queen, b, iii. cant. 5. st. 2.
“phon: where if I should tell See also b. iii. cant. 1. st. 1. ye what I learnt of chastity But there is no doubt, I think, " and love, I mean that which to be made, that both these ad- “ is truly so," fc. Apol. for mired poets had in view the Smectymn. p. 111. vol. i. edit. refined theory of love of the 1738. Thyer. divine Plato, and that Milton in 591. -and is judicious,] To particular in what he says here be judicious means here to choose had his eye more especially upon proper qualities in Eve for the the following passage, where the object of love; to love her only scale, by which we must ascend to for what is truly amiable : not heavenly love, is both mentioned for the sense of louch whereby and described. Txto
yao mankind is propagated, ver. 579, το ορθως επι τα ερωτικα ιεναι, η υπ' &c. ; but for what Adam found αλλα αγεσθαι, αρχομενον απο των δε higher in her society, human and των καλων εκείνου ένεκα του καλου, ταlional, ver. 586. &c. Pearce.
επανιεται ώσπερ επαναβαθμους 595. To whom thus half χρωμενον απο ενος επι δυο, και απο abash'd Adam replied.] Adam's dvetv éto FANTA TA rande capeztah, discourse, which follows the και απο των καλών σωμάτων επι τα gentle rebuke he received from καλα επιτηδευματα, και
the angel, shews that his love, καλων επιτηδευματων επι τα καλα however violent it might appeceenuste Es' HY ATO TWO poze@mulatwy pear, was still founded in reaεπ' εκείνο το μαθημα τελευτηση, ο εσιν son, and consequently not im8x a118 1 Avt8 6x51v8 78 xuds deze proper for Paradise. Addison. θημα, και γνω αυτο τελευτων και xador. Plat. Conviv. p. 211. tom.
To whom thus half abash'd Adam 3. Edit. Serrani. This is the
replied. more probable from what Mil. This verse might have been ton says in the account which turned otherwise, he gives of himself.
To whom thus Adam half abash'd “ from the laureat fraternity of
replied, poets, riper years, and the and many perhaps will think or ceaseless round of study and that it runs smoother thus. But
reading, led me to the shady let the reader consider again,
Neither her outside form’d so fair, nor ought
whether the verse
as it is in
615. Love not the heav'nly Milton does not better express spi'rits, &c.] By studying the the shame and modest confusion reveries of the Platonic writers, of Adam.
Milton contracted a theory con598. Though higher of the ge- cerning chastity and the purity nial bed by far,] The genial bed, of love, in the contemplation of so Horace, Ep. i. i. 87. lectus which, like other visionaries, he genialis. And with mysterious indulged his imagination with tererence I deem. He had ap- ideal refinements, and with plied this epithet to marriage pleasing but unmeaning notions before in iv. 750.
of excellence and perfection.
Plato's sentimental or metaphyHail wedded love, mysterious law.
sical love he seems to have ap