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Each other, blam'd enough elsewhere, but strive
To whom thus Eve, recovering heart, replied,
976. Tending to some relief of and seed at once, they should our extremes,
make short and destroy them
selves. The former method she Adam had said before, that the considers as some relief of their death denouneed upon them, as extremes, the latter as the end. far as he could see, would prove And, as Dr. Greenwood obno sudden but a slow-paced evil, serves, Milton might possibly a long day's dying, and would take the hint of putting these likewise be derived to their pos- proposals into the mouth of terity. Eve therefore proposes, Eve, from Job's wife attemptto prevent its being derived ing to persuade her husband in to their posterity, that they his afflictions to curse God and should resolve to remain child die. Job ii. 9, 10, less; or if they found it difficult 978. As in our evils,] That to do so, that then, to prevent a is, considering the excess of evil long day's dying to themselves to which we are reduced ; an
If care of our descent perplex uś most,
elegant Latin use of the word take in some editions, and espeAs. Cic. Epist. Fam. iv, 9. Nam cially in Milton's own, where adhuc, et factum tuum probatur, this imperfect verse is printed et, ut in tali re, etiam fortuna as a whole verse, and the words laudatur xii. 2. Non nihil, ut in so Death wanting to complete tantis malis, est profectum, that the line are added to the next is, considering our ill situation. line, which is thereby made as Richardson.
much too long as this is too 989. Childless thou art, child- short. So Death shall be deless remain :] It is a strange mis- ceived his glut, and with us two.
Why stand we longer shivering under fears,
She ended here, or vehement despair
Eve, thy contempt of life and pleasure seems
1004. -und have the power, Virg. Æn. iv. 499. Of many ways to die the short
Hæc effata silet: pallor simul occuest choosing,
pat ora. Destruction with destruction to
-maculisque trementes So these verses are pointed in Interfusa genas, et pallida morte Milton's original editions; and futura.
Æn. iv. 64. the construction is this, and have
-Multorum palor in ore the power to destroy destruction Mortis venturæ est, faciesque simil. with destruction, choosing the
liina fato, Luc. vii. 130. shortest of many ways to die.
Hume. . 1007. She ended here
1011.-his more atlentive mind) ---so much of death her thoughts Attending more to what had Had entertain'd, as dy'd her passed, calling to mind with heed cheeks with pale.!
iheir sentence, as it is ver. 1030.
Hath wiselier arm'd his vengeful ire than so
1035 Would be revenge indeed; which will be lost By death brought on ourselves, or childless days Resolv'd as thou proposest ; so our foe Shall ’scape his punishment ordain'd, and we Instead shall double ours upon our heads.
1040 No more be mention’d then of violence Against ourselves, and wilful barrenness, That cuts us off from hope, and savours only Rancour and pride, impatience and despite,
1024. To be forestall’d;} This rious and sublime poem than at word appears too low for heroic present. It occurs in Camus, poetry: it might not be so trite 285. and vulgar formerly; for Fair
Perhaps forestalling night prevented fax likewise uses it in his Jeru-, salem, cant. xv. st. 47.
And again, v. 362.
What need a man forestall his date of An ugly serpent, which forestalld grief, &c.
So also in Sylvester's Du Bartas, 1024. The word forestall was p. 88. ed. fol. and often in Spenformerly less offensive in a se- ser and Shakespeare. T. Warton.
Reluctance against God and his just yoke
1045 Laid on our necks. Remember with what mild And gracious temper he both heard and judg'd Without wrath or reviling ; we expected Immediate dissolution, which we thought Was meant by death that day, when lo, to thee 1050 Pains only in child-bearing were foretold, And bringing forth, soon recompens'd with joy, Fruit of thy womb : on me the curse aslope Glanc'd on the ground; with labour I must earn My bread; what harm? Idleness had been worse ; 1055 My labour will sustain me; and lest cold Or heat should injure us, his timely care Hath unbesought provided, and his hands Cloth'd us unworthy, pitying while he judg’d; How much more, if we pray him, will his ear 1060 Be open, and his heart to pity' incline, And teach us further by what means to shun Th' inclement seasons, rain, ice, hail, and snow? Which now the sky with various face begins To shew us in this mountain, while the winds Blow moist and keen, shattering the graceful locks Of these fair spreading trees; which bids us seek
1054. Glanc'd on the ground ;] Schetteren. Our author had used The quibble here is insufferable. it before in his Lycidas, Warburton. 1066. -shattering the grace
Shatter your leaves before the mel.
lowing year. ful locks] This shattering is an excellent word, and very expres- And locks of trees is a Latinism : sive of the sense, shaking or Spissæ nemorum comæ, Hor. breaking to pieces; and etymo- Od. iv. iii. 11. Arboribusque logists derive it of the Belgic coma, iv. vii. 2.