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And heav'n, as at some festival,
But wisest Fate says, no,
The babe lies yet in smiling infancy,
So both himself and us to glorify;
With such a horrid clang
Shall from the surface to the centre shake; When at the world's last session,
[throne. The dreadful Judge in middle air shall spread his
And then at last our bliss
But now begins; for from this happy day
Not half so far casts his usurped sway, And wroth to see his kingdom fail, Swinges the scaly horror of his folded tail.
The oracles are dumb,
Runs thro' the arched roof in words deceiving.
With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving. No nightly trance, or breathed spell Inspires the pale-ey'd priest from the prophetic cell.
The lonely mountains o'er,
A voice of weeping heard and loud lament;
The parting genius is with sighing sent;
172 Swinges] See Cowley's Davideis, p. 313.
"Pectora tum longæ percellit verbere caudæ.' 183 weeping] Matthew, ii. 18. • In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation and weeping. Warton.
185 poplar pale] Hall's Satires, ed. Sing. p. 93. "The palish poplar;' and 169, and palish twigs of deadly poplar tree. Virg. Ecl. ix. 39. •Candida populus.'
In consecrated earth,
190 The Lars, and Lemures moan with midnight
plaint; In urns, and altars round, A drear and dying sound
Affrights the Flamens at their service quaint; And the chill marble seems to sweat, While each peculiar Pow'r foregoes his wonted seat.
With that twice-batter'd God of Palestine;
and mother both, Now sits not girt with tapers' holy shine; The Lybic Hammon shrinks his horn, In vain the Tyrian maids their wounded Thammuz mourn.
His burning idol all of blackest hue;
191 Lars] · Lemures, et Larvas, et Empusas. Miltoni Prolus. p. 80. 197 Peor] See B. Martini Var. Lectiones, p. 131, 132. 200 mooned] Milton added this word to our language. Todd.
In dismal dance about the furnace blue :
Nought but profoundest hell can be his shroud; In vain with timbrell’d anthems dark The sable-stoled sorcerers bear his worshipp'd ark.
He feels from Juda's land
of Bethlehem blind his dusky eyn;
Not Typhon huge ending in snaky twine : Our babe, to show his Godhead true, [crew. Can in his swaddling bands control the damned
So when the sun in bed,
215 Trampling] Benlowes's Theophila, p. 237.
Pillows his chin upon an orient wave,
Each fetter'd ghost slips to his several
XXVII. But see the Virgin blest Hath laid her Babe to rest,
Time is our tedious song should here have ending; Heav'n's youngest teemed star
240 Hath fix'd her polish'd car,
Her sleeping Lord with handmaid lamp attending; And all about the courtly stable Bright-harness'd Angels sit in order serviceable.
231 chin] T. Warton has not remarked the use of this word in old poetry; when it brought with it no associations of familiarity or burlesque. Chapman's Hom. Il. p. 113, · Both goddesses let fall their chins.' Odyss. p. 303. 310, • Jove shook his sable chin. The Ballad of Gil Morrice, 158, · And kiss'd baith mouth and chin,' 163, “And syne she kiss'd his bluidy cheeke, and syne his bluidy chin. And Percy's Reliques, iii. 57, Our Lady bore up her chinne.'
222 shadows] M. Bowle refers to Mids. Night's Dream, act iii.
* And yonder shines,' &c. 244 harness'd] Exodus, xiii. 18. •The children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.' Newton.